The Chillicothe City Council also had a first reading of three documents Monday night relating to the westward expansion of Galena Road Gravel Inc.’s operations.


The Chillicothe City Council also had a first reading of three documents Monday night relating to the westward expansion of Galena Road Gravel Inc.’s operations.

The three ordinances are the authorization of the annexation agreement, the actual annexation of the property and the rezoning of the property.

The Chillicothe Plan Commission will look at the information for a third time at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The commission previously voted twice not to recommend the annexation.
Hallock Township officials and residents also have voiced their opposition to the measure.

Included in the current annexation agreement are details about Galena Road Gravel, currently located at 5129 E. Truitt Road, buying a 60-acre property from owner Marilyn Longman.

The property, bordered by Truitt and Blue Ridge roads, is directly west of Galena’s current operations. 

The city agrees to annex and rezone the property as I-P, Industrial Park District, as long as Galena purchases the property prior to the end of this year.

Galena will reimburse the city for city attorney Mike Seghetti’s fees relating to the annexation.

Points of access to the property will be determined by the city and Galena. Officials previously have said no new access roads will be built for trucks to enter Truitt Road.

Galena also agrees to pay over-the-scale and tonnage fees of its product at 4 cents per ton. Under its current annexation agreement, the company pays 1.7 cents to the city.

Relating to environmental matters, Galena must comply with all federal, state and local regulations. Should any regulated substance be released, Galena is to notify the city within four hours.

If the city is required to complete water testing due to something relating to the property, Galena will pay for the tests.

Also under the annexation agreement, Galena will allow the city to erect a welcome sign on its property along Truitt Road.

Galena also agrees to construct a berm along three sides of the property — 100 feet along Truitt Road, Hallock Creek and the north property boundary. The berm is to be six feet high and also calls for specific sloping, maintenance and tree plantings.

A drawing will be available at the public hearing.

If Galena should decide to mine across the creek, a berm is also called for in the same manner.

The agreement also includes evidence of insurance for the company’s mining.

Hours of operation for the property in question only are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An engineering firm, STS, of which city engineer Ken Coulter is employed,  also completed its limited hydrogeologic study related to the annexation.

The five-page document, which includes a map, talks about the topography and hydrogeology of the site and Chillicothe.

It also notes the notification and response necessary should there be a spill or contamination of the water supply.

The Chillicothe City Council is expected to vote on the topic at its May 12 meeting.