Cemex Ohio opponents get signatures for ballot

A group opposed to Cemex’s plan for mining land that Fairborn ciity, Ohio, recently annexed from Xenia Township, collected enough valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot next year in front of the city’s residents.

Nearby property owners said Cemex’s quarry plan that includes blasting will lower property values, hurt their quality of life and create safety concerns.

Company officials have said residents will hear and feel the blasts from excavation work, but added company practices are controlled and safe and will cause no damage to their properties.

Xenia Township. twice rejected Cemex’s plan for mining, and the company then had the land annexed into Fairborn. In July, Fairborn’s planning board rejected the rezoning request for mining, but Fairborn City Council overturned that decision in August.

If the ballot language is approved, the issue would then appear on the March 15 ballot. Ohio’s primary election is earlier next year because of the presidential election.

The Fairborn Cemex plant has been in operation for more than 90 years, employs 100-plus full-time people with an annual payroll of nearly $7 million, and has an overall economic impact locally of nearly $70 million annually, the company said.

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