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McHenry City Council to discuss Meyer Material Co. agreement extension

Meyer Material Co. operates Nov. 9 near Klasen Road in Cary.
Meyer Material Co. operates Nov. 9 near Klasen Road in Cary.

The McHenry City Council will meet Tuesday to vote again on whether to extend a temporary agreement with Meyer Material Co.

The South Elgin-based sand and gravel excavation company has been seeking a permit to extend its operations through 2032, but the proposal has drawn criticism from residents and some members of the council.

Negotiations have been ongoing for months after council members approved a tolling agreement in April that essentially prevents Meyer Material’s permits from expiring and bars either party from taking legal action against the other unless a 45-day notice is given to terminate the contract.

Meyer Material owns more than 1,000 acres on the north and south sides of Route 120 east of Wonder Lake Road. The company also has sites in Algonquin, Harvard, Marengo and McHenry.

Council members extended the temporary agreement once in July. The matter will be on the agenda for action after a closed executive session, according to Tuesday’s agenda.

McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett said he is confident the issue will be resolved by October.

“I have been personally negotiating for the last few weeks with Mark Miller, who is the director of land and environment with Lafarge,” Jett said. “I am hoping to bring this to a vote Sept. 10, and I appreciate the patience as we make sure to cover all angles for the city, residents and Lafarge.”

LafargeHolcim is Meyer Material Co.’s parent company.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the McHenry Municipal Center, 333 S. Green St. A public comment portion of the meeting is scheduled before the closed executive session, according to the agenda.

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