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.
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 email@example.com.