Gravel Pit Status

June 15th, 2010

posted Jun 15, 2010, 7:06 PM by Foxcreekpto President

At the McLean County Board meeting this morning, there was a long discussion between board members with regards to the Stringtown LLC application for a special use permit to operate a gravel pit for up to 10 years across the street from Fox Creek Elementary School.   Even after 21 hours of testimony in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals and their 'yes' recommendation vote for the special use permit, the McLean County Board voted NO to the application with a strong 14-5 majority.  Thanks to all those families and Fox Creek staff and Fox Creek neighbors that dedicated time and efforts to voice their concerns with the gravel pit issue.  McLean County Board members' votes can be viewed on the Pantagraph website or www.nofoxcreekpit.com and notes or emails would be appropriate to those members for their consideration of Fox Creek School families and staff.  

May 4th, 2010

posted May 4, 2010, 7:41 PM by Foxcreekpto President   [ updated May 4, 2010, 7:51 PM ]

The Unit 5 School Board voted 4-2 against a resolution with regards to the proposed gravel pit across the street from Fox Creek School on Wednesday, April 14th.  The Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-2 for a 'yes' recommendation for a special use permit for mining across the street from Fox Creek School on Monday, April 19th.  IT IS NOT TOO LATE!!!  It is important for anyone interested to know that the final vote goes to the McLean County Board on June 15th.  The McLean County Board members can be contacted by email, phone calls or letters and contact information is available just to the left under "Write McLean County Public Officials" and 'Public Officials' 

April 11th

posted Apr 11, 2010, 7:37 AM by Foxcreekpto President   [ updated Apr 13, 2010, 6:00 AM ]

Most importantly, after hearing the three parents and a Fox Creek teacher speak at the last Unit 5 Board meeting, the school board has put the proposed gravel pit issue on their official agenda for discussion.  This  meeting is currenly going to be held on Wednesday, April 14th @ 7:00pm at Normal West High School.  More information can be obtained on the Unit 5 website.
There was a ZBA meeting held on April 1st and it was decided that there are hopes for the last meeting to take place on Monday, April 19th when the ZBA members will vote on a recommendation.  The meeting will once again be held at the Government Center in Bloomington, 7:00pm.  Once again a strong attendance from Fox Creek School families as well as neighbors will be beneficial and the discussion will be very interesting.

New Post - Wednesday, March 10th

posted Mar 10, 2010, 8:15 PM by Foxcreekpto President

Fox Creek School was impressively represented by Fox Creek teachers and staff, families and other concerned citizens at the Unit 5 School Board meeting tonight, March 10th.  Three past and present parents and one teacher representative individually addressed the School Board with regards to the proposed gravel pit that could be developed across the street from Fox Creek School.  The School Board was not able to make any official comments during the meeting since it wasn't an official agenda item but thanked those who addressed the school board with their concerns and were going to discuss the presentations further at a later time.
 
The Zoning Board of Appeals heard from final witnesses in the case with regards to the proposed gravel pit across from Fox Creek School on Tuesday, March 9th.  There were several concerned parties that took advantage of addressing the ZBA members and spoke against the proposed gravel pit.   There were two more meetings scheduled with regards to this case and they are at the same location, 115 E. Washington St., Government Center, Blmg on Thursday, April 1st and Monday, April 19th(if needed).  Meetings are held at 7:00pm.       

New Post - March 8th,2010

posted Mar 8, 2010, 8:07 PM by Foxcreekpto President

During the PTO Board meeting tonight recent events with regards to the proposed gravel pit across from Fox Creek School were discussed.  There is another Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Tuesday, March 9th at 7:30pm at the Government Center, 115 E. Washington St.  The PTO members were updated on the recent involvement from several of the Fox Creek teachers with regards to the proposed gravel pit issue and the plans they have in place along with the Unit 5 Teachers Union to address the Unit 5 School Board as well as the possibility of addressing the ZBA.   Once again, attendance is strongly encouraged at the Tuesday, March 9th meeting.  If you have seen the NO GRAVEL PIT yard signs and would like one, please email rexdiamond@comcast.net to see if there are still some available. 

New Status - February 24,2010

posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:27 PM by Foxcreekpto President   [ updated Feb 28, 2010, 8:10 PM ]

At the ZBA meeting on Tuesday, Febraury 22nd the defense had an expert witness, Dr. Chiodo,
who gave some very informative testimony with regards to the content of dust that may be admitted into the air and the negative affects.  The County gave their permission to provide the link for anyone to listen to Dr. Chiodo's testimony.  There may be a few minutes of silence once the recording begins so please be aware.  There was also testimony from the pro gravel pit side which took place before Dr. Chiodo's testimony.  The hearing on this case will continue on Monday, March 1st, 7:00pm, at the same location, Government Center, downtown Bloomington.  Enter from Front Street across from the parking garage, Room#400.   

February 22nd

posted Feb 22, 2010, 9:14 PM by Foxcreekpto President

With regards to the proposed gravel pit within 70 ft of Fox Creek School, the Zoning Board of Appeals will again meet on Tuesday, February 23rd.  The meeting will be held at 7pm at the Government Center on Front Street in downtown Bloomington.  Showing your concern and opposition is crucial and a strong support group in attendance at these meetings is so important.  There are two dates that have also been set aside for more meetings if necessary, Monday, March 1st and Tuesday, March 9th.   

Untitled Post

posted Feb 20, 2010, 2:31 PM by Foxcreekpto President

Saturday, February 20th
 
Thank you, good attendance at the first of a few ZBA meetings last Thursday night.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 22nd @ 7:00pm and then there will is another meeting on the calendar for Tuesday, February 23rd, 7pm.  We need to continue to have good attendance to show the ZBA members that we are serious and very concerned about their decision in this matter.  Our questions to the opposition is also a key component to this fight!!! 

Status - February 12, 2010

posted Feb 11, 2010, 7:39 PM by Foxcreekpto President   [ updated Feb 12, 2010, 12:35 AM by Foxcreekpto Technology ]

After being defeated last year, Stringtown LLC has again submitted an application for a special use permit to locate a gravel pit across the street from Fox Creek Elementary School.  A new zoning ordinance went into effect late last year.  It specifies that a gravel mining operation must be at least 1/2 mile (2,640 feet) from a school property line to property line.  They are asking for a waiver of the setback rule to go from 2,640 feet to just 70 feet!!!!
 
A gravel pit 70 feet from any school is just too close!!!
 
The Fox Creek School PTO along with the help of the Southwest Bloomington Residents Association (SWBRA) and area businesses are joining forces to oppose the creation of this gravel pit.  The first meeting with regards to this re-application is going to be held on Thursday, February 18th @ 7:00pm at the Government Center (Room 400), 115 E. Washington St, Bloomington.  We can't emphasize strongly enough how crucial it is to have your support and participation at this meeting and future meetings.  We can make a strong initial statement by filling every chair in the room that there are many of us opposed to this re-application.  If we end up having little support in attendance, we will be sending a message that the Fox Creek School families aren't concerned about a gravel pit right across the street from their child's school.
 
We are all saying 'NO'....
 
NO.... to putting the children's safety at risk with this attractive nuisance
NO.... to the declining area property values this will cause
NO.... to harmful health risks including lung disease caused by fine silica dust
NO.....to this proposed project
 
How can you support the 'no gravel pit' cause:
1) Attend the hearings before the Zoning Board of Appeals to show your support
2) Join the SWBRA email list to keep yourself informed
3) Write letters and send emails to McLean County Board members and Letters to the Editor - Pantagraph
4) Continue to check www.foxcreekpto.org for any updates and pertinent information with regards to our fight

Status - October 7, 2009

posted Oct 5, 2009, 1:05 AM by Foxcreekpto Technology   [ updated Oct 7, 2009, 12:30 AM ]

Gravel Pit Proponents Are Trying Again

After an extensive debate, the McLean County Board voted on the gravel pit ordinance that effects the proposed pit across from Fox Creek Elementary on Tuesday, September 15th and passed limitations.  The vote was extremely close, but the amendment passed by a single vote in the 9 to 8 decision.

One of our two District's board members, Erik Rankin, stood up for the residents' needs and proposed the amendment to the setback distance recommended by the zoning board of review. This amendment increased the distance to ½ mile from property line to property line between a gravel pit and a residence (zoned R1) district or a school.

 

This current ordinance puts the proposed pit across from Fox Creek Elementary out of bounds for mining operations. The gravel pit proponents can still submit an application for a special use permit and ask for a variance, but this new ordinance will make it much harder to achieve that goal by making them bear the burden of proof as to why a substantial variance should be granted. 

 

Unfortunately, only two days after this amendment was passed, Board Member Paul Segobiano announced that he will be trying to use a county board rule to overturn the vote.  He has to get a board member who voted yes to make a motion to revisit the issue and another to second the motion.  What this means is that he and maybe some other NO voters will attempt to encourage the YES voters to bring up the newly passed gravel pit ordinance.  Between now and the next board meeting, the 9 board members who voted to keep gravel pits further back from Fox Creek Elementary will be feeling some pressure to reconsider their vote.  


If you are wondering how you can become involved, attend the next board meeting :

Please attend the next County Board Meeting, a strong showing is critical.

Tuesday October 20th at 9:00AM

Government Center, 4th Floor, 115 E. Washington (enter on Front St.)

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