For the NewsTribune
Despite plenty of opposition, Mississippi Sand will be able to ship out sand from a barge terminal along Route 71 in Ottawa.
Without a single comment, the Ottawa City Council on Tuesday night approved a zoning change, conditional use permit and annexation agreement with Archer Daniels Midland to add on to their existing property along the south side of the Illinois River in order to ship out silica sand. Mayor Bob Eschbach again said that the sand will be shipped somewhere and this option is better than having trucks hauling the sand thru downtown Ottawa to an ADM barge terminal on the east end of town.
Eschbach did tell sand mine opponents that he’s willing to speak to a professor in Wisconsin who has done studies about air quality around silica sand mines.
n Ottawa is looking to become even greener than it already is.
The city council last night put on a file a resolution to lease out two acres of land next to Garden’s Gate Garden Center near Farm and Fleet to start a community garden. The city will pay for the property taxes and also provide water. The owner of the garden center along with members of the Ottawa Is Blooming Committee will help keep up the garden.
Commissioner Dan Aussem says once the garden is ready, anyone can pay for a spot to grow stuff in the garden for 25 to 50 dollars per year depending on the size of the plot.
n It’s getting late in the construction season but the city of Ottawa thinks 25 blocks of streets can still be resurfaced before winter sets in.
The city council awarded Advanced Asphalt of Princeton the job of resurfacing nearly two miles of streets including stretches of busy streets like Fulton and Jackson Streets. Curb work is already done on the same 25 blocks of streets.
Advanced Asphalt will be paid 428 thousand dollars for the resurfacing work. They were the lowest of two bidders.
Jeremy Aiken is a reporter for WLPO, WAJK and THE WOLF