Plote’s permit challenged

In 2005, Plote Construction sued Boone County to force the county to allow them to start a quarry on land zoned as agricultural. Rather than fight the case in court, our former state’s attorney, Jim Hursh, entered into a settlement agreement containing several conditions that both parties agreed to follow.

However, Plote has operated for more than three years without a special-use permit. They recently applied for a permit with extended hours. Plote wants crushers and trucks to operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., six days a week. They also want to blast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days a week. This quarry is between two subdivisions, and quarry operations create tremendous noise and dust, disrupting our homes. Plote’s neighbors should not be forced to tolerate these changes! Sadly, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning, Zoning and Building committees have approved the demands. It is now scheduled to be voted on by the Boone County Board Oct. 16. If we don’t stop this now, we will be unable to change it until their permit expires. Please tell our board members to fix this before it’s too late!

Sherry Branson (on behalf of Plote’s Neighbors)
Belvidere, Ill.

From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue

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