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Sugar Grove Village Board holds public hearing for Heartland Recycling

Proposed tax levy announced

SUGAR GROVE – John Savage, a partner with Heartland Recycling, presented the Sugar Grove Village Board with a proposed annexation agreement for a 48-acre lot located at the northwest corner of Harter Road and Sugar Grove Parkway.

Around 50 concerned residents also attended the public hearing to voice their opinions on the proposed annexation.

"I'm a partner with Heartland Recycling," Savage said. "Heartland Recycling is seven years old with one other partner. We look for distressed properties in the Chicagoland area that would never be developed for a variety of different issues. We're not in the landfill business, more of a land reclamation business. We have been open in Aurora for four years and have only had two residential complaints for mud on the pavement, not for dust."

Savage emphasized to the Village Board how Heartland Recycling is a clean construction demolition facility. There would be no garbage, biohazard or contaminant on any of the 40 to 70 trucks that would potentially travel to Heartland Recycling each day from April to early November.

According to Savage, there are sand deposits left on the property that Heartland Recycling would like to mine.

Concrete crushing, Heartland Recycling’s loudest activity, would be limited to the months of June through August.

On Nov. 9 school officials from Kaneland Harter Middle School will meet with Savage to discuss truck traffic and noise.

"There would be a street sweeper they would use to make sure everything stays clean," Savage said. "Most operations wouldn't be visible to Harter Road and Route 47. We want to be a good partner. It's a highly regulated facility. If we would allow [contaminated] material into our facility we wouldn't be able to redevelop it after testing."

Sugar Grove resident Lisa Leader attended the hearing to voice her concern over the proposed site.

"I'm also on a lot within 250 feet of the proposed site," Leader said. "I know he said the noise would be kept to a minimum with the crushing and mining. I hear the kids playing outside at the school and the noise carries in that area."

During the meeting, Village President Sean Michels appointed James White from White & Ekker P.C. in Sugar Grove to the Planning Commission Board as a planning commissioner.

"James has been bringing zoning issues to the village and has a business in the village," Michels said.

Sugar Grove resident and former Planning Commissioner Heidi Lendi was sworn in as the new Village Board trustee to fill Kevin Geary's vacant spot. Lendi has a background in architecture.

"I'm an architect, and I was on the Planning Commission Board for four years," Lendi said. "I would like to have an impact on the way the village grows. I want to take to heart [residents'] concerns."

Lendi also shared that she has two children, acts as a Girl Scout leader and is invested in the community. Also as a runner, she cares about the area's sidewalks.

The Village Board also announced the proposed 2017 property tax levy during the meeting. An estimated and proposed tax levy of $4,166,853.57 was announced. The estimated property taxes are $1,662,861, which is $44,763.65 above the 2017 extension amount of $1,618,097.35 after reductions for bond abatements and actual equalized assessed valuation adjustments.

"This is just the announcement of the levy," Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said. "The key to it is for the notice requirement. We have to compare this year's levy to last year's. There is a 2.77 percent total increase. It looks like a huge increase, but it would only increase by 2.77 [percent]."

The tax levy ordinance is scheduled for approval on Dec. 5 during the village board meeting. The filing deadline for the tax levy ordinance is on Dec. 26.

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