Back in December the Will County board and Boughton Materials, Incorporated (BMI) reached a settlement where BMI could build a concrete recycling center at the rock quarry along 111th Street under certain conditions.
But the two board members who did not agree on that settlement, Suzanne Hart and Chuck Maher, along with president of the River Run Homeowners Association are working to reverse that decision.
The three recently met with the county’s executive committee who decided to bring the issue back to the Will County state’s attorney.
“Now it’s back at the state’s attorney’s hands to go and see whether the county board and state’s attorney and everybody did their due diligence prior to passing that resolution,” said Maher.
The board originally turned down the proposal from BMI for the recycling center about this time last year.
The company decided to sue and with two winning lawsuits against Will County in the past, the county board thought it best to settle.
When the public learned of the settlement just recently, nearby residents were not only concerned about the potential health hazards that crushed concrete could bring, but also the lack of communication from the Will County Board.
“When the settlement happened, we did not go out for public comment and to have that public hearing,” said Hart. “So now this is going to be a chance to bring that back and I have a feeling that this going to have a different outcome in what we’re doing as a whole board.”
How the Will County Board proceeds will depend on what the State’s Attorney has to say, but for now those involved say they’ll keep fighting.
“We’re going to listen to what the State’s Attorney has to say and they’ll be other discussions and we’ll make plans from there,” said Maher.
“Today was just the first step in a long process in a fight because we will fight this thing til the end because at the end of the day it’s about the safety and health of our residents,” said Martinez.
The Will County Board plans to hear an update from the State’s Attorney’s Office on the issue at their first executive meeting in April.
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