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Sand mining is coming to the city of La Salle. La Salle City Council members voted unanimously in favor of granting a rezoning request to Quality Sand Products for development of a 147-acre sand mining operation north of Interstate 80 near Route 178. No one in attendance objected. QSP owners and operators Dan Voss and his son Josh have yet to purchase the property but the real estate closure is expected to take place soon. Along with 25 years of experience in sand and gravel mining, the Vosses have operated a QSP sand drying plant in north Peru for about a year. The proposed sand mine is expected to produce 500,000 to 800,000 tons of sand each year, which will be hauled by truck to the Peru facility. The majority of it is shipped out of the area by train for industrial uses, particularly in the natural gas fracking industry. In order to move all of that sand, three trucks will be driving between the two QSP locations around the clock along I-80 once the mine is fully operational, which could be as early as this fall. Voss said initial work could begin by mid-March. Currently a small frontage road leads to the property past the defunct Frontier Lodge property and Hickory Hollow Campground. QSP will invest more than $600,000 to upgrade that roadway. Once completed, the company will pay the city 15 cents for every ton of product that leaves the mine with a 2 percent annual increase. Voss also said he intends to pay for half of any future roadwork in front of the site. Tree-covered berms will surround the property to prevent the mine from being an eyesore to neighbors. The mined area will be left as an 80-acre lake while the roughly 20 acres near the frontage road will be available for future commercial development after the area is completely mined. The mining operation is expected to create 16-18 new jobs, all in the $30-per hour range. The QSP sand mine is the next in what could be a series of sand mining operations opening up throughout La Salle County as demand for the vast reserves of silica sand underground grows. The sand is used in hydraulic fracturing mining also known as fracking. While fracking as a mining process is not new, its use has skyrocketed in recent years after massive deposits of oil and natural gas have been found in underground shale formations throughout the United States. In other business: -Alderman approved of continuing to research plans for installing an outdoor, wireless sound system along light poles on First Street. - Alderman authorized economic development director Don Alesky to seek requests for proposals on engineering for bike paths and walking trails.
Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932.
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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-Alderman approved of continuing to research plans for installing an outdoor, wireless sound system along light poles on First Street. - Alderman authorized economic development director Don Alesky to seek requests for proposals on engineering for bike paths and walking trails. Doesn't this just grab you by the short hairs? They just don't get it. Every thing they hear about or see in some one elses back yards they have to have. Never mind the cost, some one else will pay for it. It snowed over the last few days and I just shovled the walks and drive. Old brick walks that are in a very sac stete o disrepair. The alley behind my drive, it has 18" drive ridges in it ant the streets in the city go a long way in keeping auto repair shops busy. Fis them, No way. The city will get a few bucks from a new sand box north of the interstate and with the proceeds we will get a sound system so when the mayor holds his summer booze parties the drunks will have music. Instede of fixing side wanks we will custruct kicking trails that the city will not have the money to keep up. Go figgure.
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