LITH asphalt shingle plant a step closer

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A proposed asphalt shingle recycling plant received the blessing for the village’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission on Monday recommended allowing for the construction of an asphalt shingle recycling facility on 18.7 acres of land off Route 31.

The matter now will go to the village board for its consideration Jan. 10.

Jim Krueger, who manages the land about half-a-mile south of Rakow Road, is asking the village to annex the land and zone it for limited manufacturing.

Krueger wants to open an asphalt shingle recycling facility on the property. The shingles are processed and then sent to asphalt plants and eventually reused to resurface roads.

Krueger has been working with a division of Bluff City Materials Inc. on the proposed project.

Robin Engels and her neighbor Bruce Janu spoke against the project.

The Cary residents live about 3,000 feet from the proposed site.

Janu said he was concerned about the possible asbestos that could come from the shingles, and that the asbestos could be released.

“For us, it’s a quality of life concern we have around this plant,” Janu said.

Engels questioned why the developers wanted to build on Route 31, when they could build near Route 47 where there is less development.

She added the village should have independent experts look into this request instead of taking the word of the developers. She also said she tried to fight against the gravel pit which is near to this property.

“I ask you to oppose this, the homeowners ask that you oppose this,” Engels said.

Matt Vondra, of Bluff City Materials, said roofing contractors are trained on spotting and removing shingles that contain asbestos. Removing shingles with asbestos, requires additional remediation, Vondra said.

Also the shingles would be inspected and tested for asbestos at the facility, Vondra said. Any asbestos would be removed.

Don Biere, of Cary, had concerns about possible dust coming from the site, and came to the meeting to learn information about the propose project.

Vondra reassured people in attendance that the shingles, which would come from single-family homes, are ground in an enclosed chamber and water is sprayed onto the material to prevent dust from flying.

In May, Cary de-annexed the land into the county. Cary had to honor the request under a 2001 jurisdictional boundary agreement.

Last week however, Cary trustees adopted a resolution asking Lake in the Hills officials to deny a request from the property owners for permission to build an asphalt-shingle recycling facility on the land.

Cary leaders have concerns about land and water pollution, specifically from compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can be carcinogenic in humans.

Rich Guerard, the attorney who spoke on behalf of the proposed facility, said there are no sources of ground or water pollution, nor contamination from these types of facilities.

Guerard added the project also needs permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Developers hope to start work in the spring and construction should take about three months, Guerard said.

The facility will have five to eight employees, Guerard said.

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