A Lafarge underground mining operation inched closer to expansion in Sugar Creek Monday night.
The city’s board of aldermen voted, on first reading, in favour of two ordinances that would allow the LaFarge to expand its limestone mine.
The first ordinance re-zones an underground area for the project. The second ordinance grants Lafarge a special-use permit for blasting in that area.
Both ordinances must pass a second reading for the project to secure approval.
Residents oppose mine expansion. For years, many have complained about blasting from existing mines rattling homes and cracking foundations.
Sugar Creek Mayor Stan Salva said his city is “strapped for cash” and needs Lafarge expansion. He cast the tie-breaking vote Monday.
However, the board of aldermen said numerous issues with Lafarge’s application need to be resolved before a final decision is made.