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Oswego Village Board to Decide on Proposed Concrete Plant

Jan 09, 2017 10:02PM ● Published by Steven Jack

A proposed ready mix concrete plant that's met resistance from local residents is closer to final approval.

The village's Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 last week to approve a special use permit needed for the plant proposed for an area off Route 71 near Minkler Road. The matter will now go before the full Village Board for final approval at a future meeting.

The matter originally came before the Planning and Zoning Commission in December, but a vote was delayed until January to allow for more public input. The plant is being proposed by the Hamman family, which owns the Fox Ridge Stone quarry that also currently sits on the property. 

The plan has left several area residents concerned about noise, dust and traffic, as the plant will sit less than 3,000 feet from homes in the Arbor Gate subdivision. The plant will include two 60 foot towers used in the manufacture of concrete, and will operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Anywhere from 100 to 125 trucks will enter and exit off Route 71 daily at the current Fox Ridge Stone driveway.

A handful of residents and one local Realtor appeared before the Commission last week to express further concerns about the ability to sell homes that back up to a ready-mix concrete plant. 

"If you have a concrete plant in the area to start with, getting people to buy homes will be very difficult," said longtime local Realtor Terry Anderson. … To have that plant as a doormat going into some of our most expensive housing in the area would be a travesty."

Community Development Director Rod Zenner addressed several resident concerns, including noise and dust. He said the plant will have to maintain a 55 decibel noise level at its property line at all times, and the EPA will inspect the plant every two years.  If repeated violations occur, the owners will be fined accordingly, Zenner said. 

As for the sight of the large towers, planted trees on property's edge will make them visible only during winter months, said representatives of the Hamman family.

Resident Kenneth Blue said he believes more study needs to be completed before approval is given to the plant. He said he believes the current Fox Ridge Stone facility has not lived up to noise and dust standards set in place for the quarry in the 1970s. 

"There were commitments made then that never happened," Blue said. "Are we going to be sure that they follow through?"

In the end Commissioners Rick Kuhn, Amanda Purkeypile, Dominick Cirone and Stan Popovich voted in favor of the special use permit with Commissioners Rebecca Steiner, Charles Pajor and Ken Holstrom voting no. 

"I think it’s a reasonable use for this property in the middle of this land," Kuhn said.    

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