Cary Village Board agrees to consider new mining proposal for Meyer Material

CARY – Less than a year after the Cary Village Board voted down a request from Meyer Material Co. to continue mining its quarry near Route 31, trustees have agreed to hear another proposal from the company.

The new proposal includes using a floating dredge to complete mining, which potentially could operate 24 hours a day during the week, and which raised concerns from residents on how loud the machine would be.

The Village Board had rejected a request for a three-year mining agreement by a 3-3 vote May 17, and Meyer continued to mine the site from June to September and pay the associated $100,000-a-month fee from the original agreement.

If petitioners are denied by the Village Board, they may not resubmit a proposal within a year unless trustees determine the request has changed enough to allow a new application to be accepted, according to the village’s zoning ordinance.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Village Board agreed in a 4-3 vote to allow Meyer Material to resubmit a zoning application. Mayor Mark Kownick and trustees David Chapman, Ellen McAlpine and Rick Dudek voted yes, while trustees Jeffery Kraus, Jim Cosler and Kimberly Covelli voted no.

The vote came after about an hour and a half discussion from residents, village staff, trustees and Meyer Material representatives.

“Our current hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,” said Randi Wille, manager of environmental and land services for Meyer. “We are behind on the project, and there’s no way under those hours of operation we’d be able to make it up to deliver the project on time.”

The original agreement called for Meyer Material to restore the land by June 1, 2018.

The first newly proposed option includes using the dredge 24 hours a day during the week and 12 hours on Saturday. This option would have mineral extraction completed by Dec. 15, 2017, and restoration completed by June 1, 2018, according to village documents.

The second option would include using the machine from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, which would complete mining by Sept. 30, 2018, and restoration by June 1, 2019.

More details can be found in the agenda packet for Tuesday's Village Board meeting at www.caryillinois.com.

"There’s a lot of impact fees good for the village, but we don’t see those as Fox Trails residents – we’re the actual neighbors to the pit," Cary resident Jim Thomas said during public comment. “If it’s going to impact us for day and night, I’d like to see payback for it."

Cary resident Bruce Janu said the meeting was happening seven months too early.

“For a lot of us, this looks like, ‘Oh this is just a done deal,' looks like some people were not satisfied with the last vote," Janu said. "So what do they want to do? They want a do-over."

Cosler said he was one of the trustees satisfied with the vote in May, "and I don’t know why we’re back at this place."

Chapman said he thought the residents wanted an improvement on dust and noise from the mining, and the new plan would help those concerns.

“We are absolutely working our hearts off night and day, this whole board and all the staff, to try and find a compromise," Chapman said. "But if there’s no compromise and you’re set in your ways, what's the point? There’s got to be some give and take, and that's what we’re trying to do here."

A public hearing for the request will be held at the Cary Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals’ next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31. If the board makes a recommendation, the item would come back before the Village Board at its Nov. 1 meeting, Village Administrator Chris Clark said.

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