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Sugar Grove Village Board unanimously votes to deny Heartland Recycling’s proposed annexation agreement

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Village Board voted to unanimously deny Heartland Recycling’s proposed annexation agreement along with the annexing and zoning of the property and the special use for mining and clean construction or demolition debris fill operations during their meeting Feb. 5.

Heartland Recycling’s proposed annexation agreement required an approval of the annexation and rezoning required to have a special use for mining and the operations of clean construction or demolition debris site along with a special use for mining. The proposed annexation agreement included 48 acres of land at the northwest corner of Harter Road and Sugar Grove Parkway.

Prior to the village board’s public hearing Feb. 5, the Planning Commission voted Jan. 25 to unanimously recommend the denial of the special uses of the site, including mining, land reclamation and clean construction and demolition debris.

Village Board Trustee Rick Montalto asked if he could address the people in attendance after comments toward Heartland Recycling’s proposed annexation agreement became more directed at Heartland Recycling according to Montalto. 

“It seems to be getting personal,” Montalto said. “Please don’t give personal attacks. Personally, I’m opposed to it. The Village Board considers all business proposals. We listen to the Planning Commission and if they recommend a proposal or not. We have a process that has worked for us. We have the same concerns as the Planning Commission over noise, air pollution, water pollution, truck traffic and the location. We are also concerned with how well the Illinois EPA will monitor it when they are already understaffed.

After Montalto addressed the crowd, trustees informally showed if they favored or opposed the proposed annexation agreement by raising their hand. All board members raised their hand in opposition of the proposal. Several more comments were made by people in attendance, and the Village Board decided to have a formal vote where the board unanimously voted to deny the proposed annexation agreement and special uses of the site according to Montalto.

Heartland Recycling can now bring its request to the Kane County Board since it was denied by the Village Board according to Montalto. 

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