MANSFIELD - A proposal to build a gravel pit and access road near Mansfield has advanced to the Piatt County Board after the developer offered location options to satisfy concerns from neighbors.
Paul Reynolds' request for a special-use permit for a gravel pit east of Newton Street was approved in his second appearance before the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals.
The permit would allow Reynolds to build a one-quarter-mile access road going north across railroad tracks to U.S. 150. It also would stipulate that the gravel pit can operate only during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The board considered three different locations for the proposed pit and road before deciding on the third option Reynolds offered. That one still requires approval from a property owner, the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, the Illinois Department of Transportation and possibly Blue Ridge Township.
That option was chosen after several Newton Street residents again voiced their opposition to having a gravel pit and road so close to their homes, fearing noise, dust and traffic would diminish their property values and quality of life.
Reynolds said he was willing to try to make the third option work to get the gravel pit operation up and running.