Jack Pease, owner of Super Aggregates, presented plans to Marengo City Council, Illinois, and asked for the annexation of 80 acres, zoning of 255 acres for manufacturing and a special use permit for mining to develop a quarry.
“The intention is to, over the next 20 to 30 years, extract the sand and gravel with a dredge, as identically as Prairie did, go through wash plant, and then form those stockpiles and take the materials to various site projects,” Pease said at the City Council meeting Monday.
Prairie Material Aggregate owns the quarry to the south of where Super Aggregates wants to build a quarry, City Administrator Gary Boden said Tuesday, and there are a few other quarries around that area.
Operations of the quarry would be set back from the road, and trees and berms around the property would make it “so it wouldn’t be visually noticeable from any direction to speak of,” Pease said.
Alderman Matt Keenum questioned how the reconfiguration of Meyer Road, as proposed in the city’s comprehensive plan, would affect the entry to the site.
The quarry entrance is proposed to be directly across from Meyer Road as it intersects Pleasant Grove Road, but the entrance may be too close to a new intersection if Meyer Road is realigned, Boden said.
It could take years for Meyer Road to be realigned, however, Boden said, but a temporary quarry entrance would need to be discussed.
The city would get sales and property taxes from the quarry, and what still needs to be discussed is annexation fees and potential mining extracting fees, Boden said.
Pease said he would be open to discussing mining extracting fees, and open-minded on what to make the property once mining is finished.
With other properties he’s worked with, Pease said there seems to be the most demand for a few residential homes around the lake.
In response to pollution concerns, Pease said, “We’ve learned how to produce these natural materials we need but to do it in a safe manner,” after decades in the business.
The board reached consensus to move forward with an annexation agreement and rezoning request, which would eventually come to the council and be discussed at a public hearing, Boden said.