November 27, 2014

Zoning board recommends approving asphalt plant

Members of the Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board are recommending that the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approve a proposal for an asphalt plant at the Mid-States Materials rock quarry near Edgerton.

This hand-written sign was posted on a light post about a block south of Dee's Mini Mart in Edgerton on May 28. Some residents voiced concern that they did not receive proper notice of the May 28 zoning board meeting. Submitted photo courtesy of Jerry L. Kellogg

This hand-written sign was posted on a light post about a block south of Dee’s Mini Mart in Edgerton on May 28. Some residents voiced concern that they did not receive proper notice of the May 28 zoning board meeting. Submitted photo courtesy of Jerry L. Kellogg

A few citizens attended the May 28 meeting and voiced their concerns about the proposal at the Gardner Senior Citizens Building on May 28. Read the full story in the June 4 edition of The Gardner News.

 

Comments

  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Here in a few years Johnson County is going to need a new landfill. I feel it in my bones as to where the new one will be located – probably somewhere in SW Johnson County. Bet Drovetta and Lehman love all of this economic development that they worked so hard to bring to all of the citizens – be sure to put them on your Christmas Card List right along with a whole lot of other jaybird politicians and bureaucrats and apathetic citizens who enable and support this horror story.

    Here is a letter from a citizen near Elwood, Il showing you what you will be living with and paying astronomical costs for in the years ahead. This citizen just wants to get around the mess, however, citizens in this area WILL BE LIVING WITH THE MESS. Again, if citizens have the money to do so, I would encourage you to move immediately – it is not going to be pretty but will be costly and deadly.

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    Letter to the editor
    An expressway to bypass Chicago

    4:27 p.m. CDT, May 28, 2014

    A recent Tribune editorial slammed the proposed Illiana Expressway. The proposal does have its risks and, as usual, we cannot build a road in this state without collecting tolls. But this road’s benefits outweigh the risks.

    The south suburbs have always been behind when it came to roads, infrastructure and jobs. We do not have the economic engine of O’Hare International Airport and the northwest suburbs.

    I lived in the northwest suburbs in the early 1960s and remember the tremendous growth through the next few decades. The south suburbs still trail way behind in jobs and prosperity without adequate infrastructure.

    When the BNSF Railroad built its intermodal facility in Elwood a dozen years back, no one foresaw the growth in truck traffic on Interstate Highway 80 and Illinois Route 53. As a result, traffic backups and accidents have increased. I-80 is starting to look like the Kennedy Expressway between U.S. 45 and Joliet. Much of the traffic goes to the intermodal facility or continues east into the already clogged Borman Expressway in Indiana.

    The Illiana would allow truckers to bypass the area completely and pick up I-65 at Lowell, Ind., instead of clogging up I-80. Much of the truck traffic is not destined for the Chicago area but originates in the upper Midwest with food and paper products destined for the southeast U.S.

    The Burnham Plan envisioned another highway bypass of Chicago; this is a chance to build it.

    Truckers and motorists would pay anything to avoid Chicago’s perpetual traffic jams. I am not an economist, but this road will pay for itself. Not everyone is destined for Chicago. A lot of us just want to get around it.

    — Richard K. Nilges, Mokena

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