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11/21/2012 5:56:00 AM
La Salle could be next in line for sand mining

Matthew Baker
Staff Writer

A proposal from Quality Sand Products could bring a new sand mining operation to La Salle.

Quality Sand Products, which operates a sand processing plant in north Peru, requested La Salle allow a special permit to begin mining sand on a roughly 120-acre site north of Interstate 80 between Hickory Hollow Camp Ground and Pecumsaugan Creek. The city council referred the request to the city’s planning commission to consider the permit request and possible rezoning of the property.

City officials stressed that no decision has been made on whether the requests will be approved.

“It needs to be in the best interest of La Salle, not just now but long-term,” Mayor Jeff Grove said.

Grove said the council is  researching the issue, which has become controversial in other nearby communities. Currently, he said he is withholding an opinion on the project although he does have some reservations on losing interstate adjacent property that could potentially be used for commercial or industrial developments to a mining operation.

At this point there are few details regarding how the potential sand mining operation would be run, but Grove offered what information he knows.

“It would just be a mining thing, they would truck it to their facility in Peru,” he said.

Quality Sand Products does not currently own the property. Grove on Tuesday night was unable to recall the name of the property owner.

A date has not been set for the planning commission meeting to discuss this request.

Growing borders

The La Salle City Council is taking steps toward annexing nearly 140 additional acres.

Petitions for annexation from Mertel Investment Co. and Betty Diederick were referred to the planning commission.

The Mertel property includes 135 acres between La Salle and Peru directly south of Interstate 80. The Diederick property is about four acres near the  northwest corner of Raccuglia Drive and Chartres Street.

There are no plans for the development of these properties yet, but they would be included in the La Salle Community Partnership tax increment financing district, if it is approved.

In other business:

*Mayor Jeff Grove announced that next week will be final week of leaf collection.

*Miracle on First Street festivities will be Saturday, Dec. 1 in downtown La Salle.

 Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 220-6933, or

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Mayor Jeff Grove announced that next week will be final week of leaf collection.
Does that mean that after that leafes can be burned?
Oh, that is right, they were burned on the 900 blk. of ninth St. yesterday with no reprocusions. Smoke filled the air for several hrs.
A question , other than leaf burning, for Jeff.
What do you do? do you have a map of the county on a wall in your office and at home and just look atit and thow a dart at it and say to your self yes, that looks good we'll anex it at the next meeting.
what does that mean, to annex a piece of property?
Does that mean Police protection, fire protection, seawer and water, more roads to plow and care for with out an increase in man power/
Will my insurance rates go up because more areas are now protected without an upgrade in personal? How big will the area have to get before a full time dept is put into play?
How muhc property is there between La Salle and Peru.
So many questions and no answers and those questions not being asked by our local news reporters. They have a relation ship with this mayor and his minions. Do they have no one to answer to ? why not? What is this paper for? The reporters, why are they there? Just to draw a paycheck ? If so, great gig.
How about the editors? local questions go beging for answers and an editorial appears on why some one lost an election. Hey, He lost and someone won. End of story, get over it, we just went trough a two and a half year campaign. Give it a rest. We are all tired of it already and we have a mayor trying to annex the county and no one is asking if he can and if he should.
Do your jobs .

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