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Local Government

North Aurora homeowners voice opposition to mining expansion

NORTH AURORA – The Chesterfield Homeowners Association is considering whether to sue the village.

Association members said they were not properly notified about a Village Board meeting in September in which village trustees gave LaFarge North America permission to expand its mining operations.

“We are thinking about it,” Patricia Graw, Chesterfield Homeowners Association president, said Tuesday. “We have to meet as a board. It has to be a board decision.”

Village trustees on Sept. 23 approved an agreement allowing LaFarge to start mining under the east portion of an adjacent ComEd property.

LaFarge is at 105 Conco St., along Route 25 in North Aurora, and Chesterfield subdivision is directly to the northeast of the ComEd property.

Graw said no residents were at that meeting because they were not properly notified.

At Monday’s Village Board meeting, she requested that village trustees invalidate the annexation agreement because of the improper notice.

But North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said the village met all legal requirements for notification.

“We feel that from a legal standpoint, we did everything we could,” Berman said.

Mining operations on the LaFarge property date back to before the Chesterfield subdivision was built, Berman said. Because of previous concerns regarding underground gas lines underneath the north portion of the ComEd property, LaFarge has decided not to expand to the northern ComEd property.

“I do have sympathy for them,” Berman said. “But there’s no way we can stop the mining.”

Trustees approved the agreement with several conditions, including that underground blasting is allowed only between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., unless consent is first given by the village; that the mining not create excessive noise; and that mining operations be kept at least 1,000 feet from the closest Chesterfield home.

Graw said her subdivision experiences problems because of the mining operation.

“Every day between 3:30 and 4 p.m., there is a blast going off and we feel it,” she said. “We hear the noise from trucks at night, and the dust is horrendous. We’re not trying to cause trouble. We are just trying to live peacefully.”

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