Lafarge / Meyer Material Updates
On November 1, 2016, the agreement with Lafarge Aggregates (formerly Meyer Material Company) was amended. The agreement now includes new completion dates for mineral extraction and restoration work, along with revised penalty provisions.
Mining will be completed by December 15, 2017 utilizing dredging equipment. Restoration work is to be completed by June 1, 2018. Hours of operation for the dredging, which extracts minerals from below the surface of the water, are Monday - Friday (24-hours a day) and Saturday (7:30am - 7:30pm).
|Equipment mobilization planned to begin week of March 27, including delivery of the dredging equipment. Dredging activities tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 3.
Lafarge/Meyer has been slowly ramping up dredging operations over the past two weeks but have advised the Village they are not yet fully operational. They are fine tuning their operations with the dredge subcontractor and new equipment. The dredge has only been utilized on weekdays thus far, with dredging beginning Monday mornings and concluding prior to 6am on Saturday for the past two weeks. They have not performed any Saturday (after 6am ) or Sunday operations.
During the week of May 1st, Lafarge/Meyer will be installing temporary fencing near the property line adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. The temporary fencing is being installed to maintain security access to the mining site while restoration activities are taking place. Restoration adjacent to the Fox Trails area will include the removal of the existing fence on Meyer's property, grubbing and removal of heavy brush, and eventual removal of the berm. Grubbing and brush removal activities are anticipated to begin the week of May 8th.
Lafarge/Meyer continues dredging and restoration activities on the property. The dredge continues to only be utilized on weekdays thus far, with dredging beginning on Monday mornings and concluding prior to 6 am on Saturdays.
Earlier this month Lafarge/Meyer installed temporary fencing near the property line adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. The temporary fencing was installed to maintain security access to the mining site while restoration activities are taking place. Beginning on Friday, May 19th, Lafarge/Meyer will be mobilizing a subcontractor to begin tree and grub removal on the property. The subcontractor’s equipment will generate some additional noise as they will be working on the perimeter of the property adjacent to the subdivision. This is a short-term impact that nearby homes will experience during daytime hours as Lafarge/Meyer prepares the area for the eventual removal of the berm.
Beginning on Monday, May 22nd, Lafarge/Meyer Material will begin grubbing operations along the berm and buffer area of the gravel mine. Grubbing activities will include the removal of trees, underbrush, and the wire-mesh fencing which is located on Lafarge’s property adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. Portions of the fence have already been removed. Trees and underbrush which have grown on the property over the years of mining activities will be cut and ground down on site. Trees which currently exist between the temporary orange fencing and the rear yards of adjacent homes will not be impacted by these operations. Residents will experience additional noise due to the grubbing activities. The grubbing activities are subject to occur in accordance with the construction hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday. It is anticipated these activities will take approximately two weeks to complete. The grubbing work is part of the overall restoration plan for the property which includes the eventual removal of the berms on the site later this year.