Meetings set for possible gravel pit in Medina Township

Marianne Gillespie

Tentative dates are set for a Washington company asking for two special-use permits to mine gravel in Medina Township.

Mossville Land Investments LLC is seeking to create a 222-acre facility at 14728 N. Old Galena Road. A Peoria County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at Peoria County Courthouse in Room 403.

The limited liability company is comprised of Stan Maxheimer and Joe LaHood, who each are 50 percent partners, according to paperwork filed with the Peoria County Planning and Zoning Department. Both are listed as managers.

The company was required to file two special-use permits due to one parcel of 175.445 acres being zoned for agriculture, and one parcel of 46.525 acres zoned for industrial. The proposed gravel pit is about one-half mile from Cedar Hills Drive and lies inside Old Galena, Rome West Road and Wayne Road.

Representing the men in the venture is attorney Janaki Nair of Elias, Meginnes, Riffle & Seghetti PC.

Proposed operations are limited from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., complying with the county zoning ordinance, according to the application.

Truck traffic is expected to average 30 trucks per day, according to the application, but may vary between 20 and 50 trucks, “depending upon weather, time of year and market conditions.” No truck route is noted.

The application also states the request for a special-use permit is “consistent with the community character of the immediate vicinity of the proposed parcel. The location of the Caterpillar

Mossville facility near the proposed facility brings a strong industrial presence to the area.”

Also noted on the application is the design of the facility to “minimize adverse effects,” and also notes there will not be large stockpiles of overburden, except for what is needed in the reclamation plan.

The reclamation plan, as noted in the application, includes a recreational area with lake, complete with natural grasses and cedar trees.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued a water pollution control permit June 27.

According to the permit, wash water and stormwater runoff is to stay in the gravel pit.

Additionally, the gravel facility must comply with setbacks for the wells of Jerry Noe and Pinewood Estates.

According to the site plan, phase one of the gravel pit begins near the ingress/egress of Old Galena and works north to Rome West Road. The other access road opens on Rome West Road.

The county’s planning and zoning department will take the information supplied in the special-use application, add comments from the county’s highway department, the health department and Medina Township to make a staff report with a recommendation, which is expected at the end of August.

With the ZBA meeting set for Sept. 11, the next tentatively set meetings, barring any setbacks, include the land use committee at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 in Room 402, and finally the Peoria County board meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 9.