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As Meyer Material mining extension vote approaches, Cary trustees discuss site plan

CARY – As the vote on a requested extension of mining activities by Meyer Material draws nearer, the Committee of the Whole discussed a possible annexation of land from Algonquin and looked at a conceptual plan for a park that could eventually be built on that property.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said at Tuesday's meeting that Algonquin officials have expressed a willingness to de-annex the southern portion of the property along Route 31 that is within Algonquin.

The villages would likely have to work out a revenue sharing agreement for a piece of commercial property within that area, Clark said. He said Cary owning the land would make it easier for the village to build roads to enter the planned park on the south end.

Clark also presented a conceptual plan from Hitchcock Design Group for a low-impact, passive use park that could eventually be built on the Meyer Material site.

The plan would include a lake with a path around it, and Clark said the site could have amenities such as a disc golf course or a space to hold a farmers market or other special events.

While trustees said the plan looked nice, some expressed concerns about what it might cost and said they wanted to see other options for what the park could look like if a mining extension is not approved.

"It's nice to see this plan and it gives us an idea of what it could be," Trustee Jim Cosler said. "I don't feel like we need to spend more money on design until we find out what may happen. I think we need to focus on what the mining agreement is or isn't."

A vote on the mining agreement is planned for the next Village Board meeting April 19. Meyer Material's agreement with the village calls for mining to be finished June 1 and restoration activities to be finished by 2018.

The company is requesting an extension of mining and restoration activities on the site until 2020, citing the economic recession and unforeseen difficulties with the land.

Residents who have spoken at recent zoning board and Village Board meetings have unanimously opposed the extension, and the zoning board gave the extension a negative recommendation.

The most recent fee structure proposal from Meyer would have the company pay the village a total of $2.1 million by 2018.

Clark said Tuesday he feels the mining extension could logically be reduced to three years. Village Board members have previously mentioned the idea of limiting the extension to the two-year period currently allotted for restoration.

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