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Oswego Residents Sign Petition Against Proposed Concrete Plant

Jan 22, 2017 06:53PM ● Published by Steven Jack

If approved, up to 125 concrete trucks per day could be entering and exiting a proposed ready-mix concrete facility off of Route 71. (File photo)

As a petition opposed to a proposed ready mix concrete facility in Oswego continues to gain more signatures, Village President Gail Johnson has said the plant is "not a done deal."

A handful of residents spoke against the proposed facility at last week's Village Board meeting, saying they believed that since the facility had received the special use zoning permit required by the village, that it was only a matter of time before it was built. The plant is proposed for the empty land loosely bordered by several Oswego subdivisions, Minkler Road and Route 71. 

Fox Ridge Stone currently occupies the land, and its owners, the Hamman family, are proposing the concrete plant. Anywhere from 100 to 125 trucks would enter and exit off Route 71 daily at the current Fox Ridge Stone driveway if the plant is built.

"I can assure you this is not a done deal," Johnson said. "... You have been heard. There is still much we want to hear about this.  We want everything spelled out very clearly (from the petitioner)."

Resident concerns include noise and pollution from the plant, which could be built within 3,000 feet of existing homes. So far, about 130 residents have signed the online petition seeking to stop the facility from being built. 

"We the concerned home owners of the surrounding subdivisions near Minkler Road and Route 71 call on our Village Board to vote down the proposed concrete plant near said intersection. Oswego IL. 60543, Minkler & Route 71," the petition states. 

While most petitioners cite a potential decline in home values should the plant be built, one resident wrote her medical condition could be impacted. 

"As an asthma patient, I oppose any entity which will create or contribute to more pollution, " said Carol Oros.

The proposed ready mix plant originally came before the village's Planning and Zoning Commission in December as part of a larger development commercial and residential proposal for the 442-acre parcel. Citing the need for more public comment, the issue was continued to the commission's January meeting at which a special use permit was granted in a 4-3 vote.

The final plans for the facility will require Village Board approval, and will face a vote at an upcoming undetermined meeting. 

Rod Zenner, the village's community development director, has 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.
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