Where the Rails Cross the River
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Is allowed between October 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
The Peoria County Zoning Board of Appeals today (October 13, 2016) voted unanimously to deny an appeal by FLM Enterprises, LLC that would have allowed gravel mining on an 80-acre parcel on the City of Chillicothe’s western boundary. The hearing on the FLM appeal was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. but other issues delayed the start until close to noon. At that time, the ZBA voted to go into closed session to deliberate on the question based on information – from both FLM and residents of the City of Chillicothe – heard at the September ZBA meeting.
After about an hour and 15 minutes, the ZBA came back into open session and voted unanimously to deny FLM’s appeal. The vote is a major victory for residents of the City of Chillicothe but likely not the final answer on the question.
FLM Enterprises now can appeal the decision to the circuit court. Evidence and testimony submitted for the ZBA hearing would be considered in the appeal to the court but no new evidence, testimony or information is allowed. The court ruling – from one of the sitting judges in the 10th judicial circuit -- could come months following the filing of the appeal, most likely sometime middle or late 2017.
The City of Chillicothe will continue to work with Peoria County officials to oppose any efforts to mine gravel at this site. All those who supported efforts to stop gravel mining adjacent to the City are owed a debt of gratitude for their outpouring of opposition.