The land being considered for the facility by Shale Energy Services is located near Dollar General on County Road 1300 E. in Granville. It is adjacent to the railroad, which would be used to haul product.
“These trains will not be traveling northeast through Granville and blocking (Route) 71,” said attorney Jim Andreoni, who was representing Shale Energy Services at the meeting.
The trucks carrying the sand would be completely enclosed, he said. At full capacity, up to 71 trucks could stop at the facility per day. In the beginning, however, the facility would likely operate only one shift, which would bring approximately 28 trucks to the site per day, he said.
The road leading to the facility would need upgrades - and those upgrades would be done at the expense of the company, not the county, Andreoni said.
“So everyone’s clear, there will be no sand piles on site,” Andreoni said.
The facility would mean approximately 26 direct jobs, at full capacity. Initially, eight jobs would be anticipated.
“These types of jobs should be good-paying jobs,” Andreoni said.
In addition, the project would create about 35 to 40 construction jobs.
When comments were allowed from those in attendance at the meeting, Kenneth Fiedler said he opposed the project.
“I own the property directly across,” he said.
He said he was not convinced there wouldn’t be health consequences from the sand. The facility would be located approximately one-fourth of a mile from Granville, he added.
“It’s going to affect the south side of Granville,” he said.
The majority of the other comments made were in favor of the project.
Former Granville village president Bob Borri weighed in on the matter.
“I’m 100 percent for this,” he said. “It’s a win-win for everybody in the county.”
Hennepin village president Kevin Coleman said he was also in favor of the facility, citing the long-term potential and growth that could snowball from this opportunity.
“This is a great project for the future,” he said.
County zoning officer Jim Burger said he visited a similar facility in Streator.
“I saw no visible dust while they were unloading,” he said. “I was there approximately an hour.”
The project was recommended for approval by the planning committee at a prior meeting. However, the zoning board, at its meeting, recommended that the county board deny the request to have the property rezoned from agriculture to heavy industrial. County board chairman Duane Calbow said the additional information presented at the county board meeting helped shed more light on the project.
“It’s not often we have opportunity like this,” Calbow said.
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