7/25/2019 3:47:00 PM Tiller pit
A Sunrise Township gravel pit expansion permit was on the County Board agenda for action last week; but at the request of the applicant, Tiller Corp, the Board delayed action until August 7 or August 21.
Tiller Corporation notified the county July 10 that it feels a condition for granting the permit is unreasonable and “imposes an undue burden on Tiller.”
A condition of the expansion approval is that officials want to require paving River Road from the pit to #9, the main county highway.
Sunrise Township supervisors and the county planning commission (after a public hearing, story in Press May 9) recommended about 36 conditions for allowing the Interim Use Permit and paving is among these.
Tiller attorneys argue this is a “taking” without compensation because without the paving agreement the township will not sign-off and the mining can’t happen. Tiller lawyers say in one of the communications with the county that the local governments are using the permit to leverage Tiller to do a paving project worth $900,000 because the elected officials don’t want to spend the money to do so.
Tiller isn’t using River Road for anything except for what it is designed to be used for and it’s been just fine for 30 years (life of the original gravel pit.)
This is a 10.6 acre expansion of an existing pit that extracts gravel and sand, crushes, screens and stockpiles it.
Tiller Corp land use affairs director Michael Caron sent a follow-up letter July 12 requesting to delay voting the permit up or down, so the company and county legal staff could meet some more. Caron was not at last week’s County Board session. Assistant county attorney Amiee Cupelli advised commissioners to NOT discuss the application and just vote to grant the delay, which they did unanimously.