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Cary park on Meyer Material site likely to cost $8 million, village official says

Vote on mining extension expected May 3

CARY – The previously presented plan for a park to eventually be built on the Meyer Material site along Route 31 likely would cost $8 million to $8.5 million to create, Village Administrator Chris Clark told the Committee of the Whole this past week.

At the request of trustees, Clark also presented a plan for a park with a smaller lake that could be completed if a shorter mining agreement is approved.

The smaller lake would mean residents in the north end of the Fox Trails subdivision would not have a view of the water, and Clark said some property owners have listed a water view as a top priority.

The information was presented to preface a vote on Meyer Material's request for an extension on mining activities, which Clark said will likely happen at the May 3 Village Board meeting.

Meyer's current agreement calls for mining to end June 1 with a restoration period lasting until 2018, but the company had requested an extension of mining and restoration to 2020, citing the economic recession and difficulties with the land.

Clark said the village is in discussion with the company and the board may ultimately vote on a three-year extension to 2019.

Clark said any extension agreement would likely incorporate requirements regarding how Meyer Material must leave the site.

"If there is a decision to extend a mining agreement, we have detailed grades that haven't existed before for this site, so Meyer would be required to lay it out properly to allow future development," Clark said.

The park is designed as a low-impact, passive use park with a lake and potential amenities such as a disc golf course and space to hold a farmers market or other events. A beach is not included in the park plan, but Clark said the lake could be graded in a way to allow for a beach to be built in the future.

The southern part of the site is currently in Algonquin, and Clark previously said the village had expressed a willingness to de-annex the land.

Multiple taxing bodies, possibly including the Cary Park District, would likely be involved with the building of a potential park.

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