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Meyer Material Co. to start using dredge at Cary gravel pit

CARY – Activity is expected to start up again at the Meyer Material Co. gravel pit off Route 31 in Cary. 

A floating dredge, which the Village Board approved in a 4-3 vote in November, is on-site and expected to start dredging Monday, Cary Community Development Director Brian Simmons said.

Residents and trustees who opposed the dredge had concerns about the sound from the machine, and whether Meyer Material, which has merged with Lafarge Aggregates, would stick to the new deadlines.

The ordinance that will allow Meyer Material to use the dredge states that it can run from 7:30 a.m. Monday through 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mining must be completed by December, according to the ordinance, with restoration finishing six months later. 

“A lot of the dredging work they’re doing out there is underwater,” Cary Interim Village Administrator Jake Rife said. “We’re expecting this to be a pretty quiet operation with minimal impact to the adjacent property owners.”

In May, the Village Board rejected Meyer Material Co.’s request for a three-year extension on mining activities at its site after comments from neighboring residents who had spoken against the extension at several meetings.

Typically, a petitioner must wait a year before coming back before the board, but in October, the board decided to consider the new proposal using the floating dredge. 

“For the village of Cary, we look forward to getting the project done,” Rife said. 

Part of the ordinance included the village receiving $25,000 to pay for noise monitoring consultants. Once the dredge starts operating, Simmons said noise on-site will be recorded and monitored to make sure the sound levels are in compliance with the ordinance. 

At the Oct. 20 meeting of the Cary Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals, board members heard from acoustics consultant Thomas Thunder, who presented an acoustics study that determined the sound of the dredge would be “minimally audible” from
11 p.m. to 4 a.m., and the rest of the time, it would be lower than ambient noise in the area.

Project updates can be found at www.caryillinois.com/580/Lafarge-Meyer-Material-Updates. Residents should direct any complaints to Village Hall, Rife said. 

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