LASALLE – The LaSalle City Council approved the Illinois Cement petition to rezone and annex 12 parcels of land in Dimmick after a month of public discussion. The unanimous decision was reached in Wednesday night’s meeting, which was held after Monday night’s two-and-a-half-hour heated public hearing. The vote will allow the mining company to begin excavating limestone beneath the earth east of Route 251 in Dimmick Township. Part of this petition also involves the temporary relocation of a section of East 3rd Road, which will at no point be closed, but instead relocated west of its current location temporarily with a wider roadway.
Illinois Cement and Alderman Schneider began the meeting Wednesday by introducing a new well protection agreement that would insure that shallow wells, in particular, would not be impacted by nearby mining. This agreement was a direct response to several Dimmick residents coming forward at prior public hearings to express complaints regarding their wells being impacted by previous mining. The public hearings last Thursday and Monday night had dozens of residents informing the cement company and the councilmen how the mining had affected their quality of life and how new mining would threaten to change their lives in the future.