LaSalle News Tribune | LaSalle, IL
 
close
Due to weather related issues, in some areas there may be delayed deliveries of your Monday issue of the NewsTribune.
If road conditions are severe enough, your delivery person may not be able to deliver your NewsTribune at all on Monday.
In this case, your Monday edition will be delivered with your Tuesday newspaper.
We ask you to be understanding for the safety of our carriers.

You can view Tuesday's newspaper online at http://newstribonline.com
 


home : news : business   May 29, 2016

2/20/2014 9:23:00 AM
$7 million silica sand storage facility near Troy Grove gets zoning approval


Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter



OTTAWA — A proposed “transload facility” for sand received a nod from La Salle County zoning officials while those opposed left disappointed despite concerns.

La Salle County Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday unanimously recommended the full county board approve a special use permit for Dan and Josh Voss who intend to construct a $6 million-$7 million facility to store and haul silica sand. The facility would be on the northeast corner of the  Interstate 39 and U.S. 52 interchange outside Troy Grove.

“With our mining operation I have to store and ship the sand somewhere so I felt it should stay local,” Dan Voss said. “We use local people to build the facilities and we hire local workers.”

The facility would be used to store finished silica sand from the Voss’ mining operation in northeastern La Salle. The sand is to be hauled by trucks using Interstates 39 and 80.

Originally, shipping plans called for emptied trucks heading back to the mining facility to use East Eighth Road but after many people in attendance testified and complained about the commonly used rural road, the Vosses offered to change their shipping routes.

It is common for industry builders to offer concessions to nearby property owners if a particular business practice could be harmful to their property. For example, most mining companies will offer cash to adjacent property owners to make up for the loss of land value.

However, Jim Stevenson, who owns property near the proposed site, took issue with an alleged cash offer the Vosses gave to the neighboring Kobilsek family.

Details of the agreement were made confidentially, but Stevenson alleged the Vosses paid $100,000.

But concessions are not a concern of the ZBA, said board member Larry Bianchi.

“I’m not the ethical judge here,” Bianchi said. “The idea that they addressed the concerns of those people living adjacent to them is a plus to me. How they did it is not my concern.”

One concern that was not addressed was made by nearby property owner Susan Sack.

Sack said she was concerned semis waiting to turn left into the facility might back up traffic and make it dangerous for eastbound motorists on U.S. 52 who are traversing the I-39 overpass.

“It’s the route I take and my children take,” she said. “There is going to be a lot of truck traffic there so it’s not just this facility but all of them expanding.”

Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or countyreporter@newstrib.com.












Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous43290

Hey, Both LLC's and corporations easily declare bankruptcy, skip town, and reappear with new names, when things go south. Also, the sand companies are paying pennies per ton to the communities for quarrying fees, when the sand sells for $75 per metric ton. LaSalle County bumpkins...I mean taxpayers...might as well start saving up to pay the inevitable water transportation bills, environmental cleanup bills, and the silica-related health problems bills.

Login to your account:
  Username:
  Password:
Remember me
Login reminder
  If you'd like to comment on this article, please log in or click here to subscribe.


 

Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE





Starved Rock closes entrances briefly due to crowds
Updated: 5/29/2016 8:03:00 PM
Large, private garage collapses in La Salle
Updated: 5/29/2016 7:46:00 PM
Iraq veteran marching in Desert Storm memorial parade
A Memorial Day more than 128 years in the making
Juvenile taken to medical center after striking a train engine
Graveyard rejuvenation


Illinois Valley Events
<
May
>
SMTWTFS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        



Photo GalleryVideo LibraryMagazinesDealsAbout UsAP Terms of UseAdvertise With UsExtra Content


Copyright 2016 NewsTribune, LaSalle, Illinois. All rights reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved