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home : news : local   February 5, 2016

7/10/2014 9:11:00 PM
SV debates pot facility

Lauren Blough
NewsTribune Reporter

Most Spring Valley city council members want to jump on the marijuana bandwagon along with the other towns in the Illinois Valley.

At the Spring Valley committee meeting Thursday, a drug task force officer spoke to the council about the differences of Colorado and California marijuana cultivation facilities compared to Illinois standards for that type of facility.

The officer said that because Colorado legalized recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana, they “are in a totally different playing field.”

He also added that Colorado facilities would not be up to code for the state of Illinois standards saying that simple things such as an extension cord being out of place or a fan being mounted in the wrong position wouldn’t pass code inspection.

The officer also added that generally, in Colorado, a plant the size of 40,000 square feet would bring in nearly $800,000 annually.

The companies looking to put a growing facility in the Illinois Valley are seeking much larger area, and could potentially bring in billions of dollars.

Jim Andreoni, city attorney, told the council members last night that they needed to get the ball rolling if they wanted to be in the game for the city being a potential site for the marijuana facility. He told the council that applications are supposed to be submitted by September.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t be in the game,” said mayor Walt Marini.

Some of the alderman said they thought they already lost any chance because they haven’t moved forward on this topic.

Alderman Dan McFadden said that even though other towns have taken more steps in the process, it doesn’t mean they will meet the criteria.


Everyone’s tired of signs : Police Chief Kevin Sangston reported light measurements to the city on a number of signs around Spring Valley that have caused some concern because of their brightness.

“I think every sign has the potential to be turned down,” Sangston said.

Council members are still unsure what measurement to set the signs at. A lighting expert may be brought into the next council meeting to help the council members with determining what an appropriate brightness would be.

“I don’t know how much longer are we going to beat this to the ground,” alderman Jim Taliano said.

 Lauren Blough can be reached at (815)220-6931 or

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