|11/14/2019 5:36:00 PM|
permit hangs on condition
The Tiller company’s permit that would allow the aggregate pit in Sunrise Township to expand by 10 acres, was approved by the County Board last week. But the 5-0 vote doesn’t give a green light for hauling out of the added mining area just yet. A condition included in the vote requires Sunrise Township and Tiller to come to an agreement on what the township wants done with a three-quarter mile stretch of River Road--the township road between the pit and the main transport road, County Road 9.
This doesn’t have to be asphalt on the road, it could be a re-negotiated road management plan that addresses dust control and maintenance standards. There have been issues in the past with the existing pit and non-compliance with the current agreement to tend to the haul route.
Tiller, through projects operations manager Mike Caron, declared in July/August it would not agree to paving as a condition. Tiller feels use of its own land, being tied to improving a roadway, goes beyond what is legally allowed. In a letter to the county attorney, Tiller counsel said the gravel township road is adequately built to be used for this type of heavy truck transport. The company would agree to dust control, etc. but not paving.
County Zoning and Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider said last week the road situation is in the township’s hands and the county is not the road authority.
“We don’t dictate what the road is,” he explained. He added that the hope is township supervisors and Tiller can come to terms.
Township Supervisor Pete Johnson attended the County Board meeting and told commissioners at the open microphone point of the agenda, that the township wants to see the road paved. He said Sunrise officials and Tiller met once, while the permit was on-hold, but when it was left up to Tiller to get back to the township and schedule a follow-up negotiation, this didn’t happen.