Lafarge Sugar Creek vote delayed, USA

Lafarge Sugar Creek vote delayed, USA
22 September 2010

The Sugar Creek Board of Aldermen Monday delayed voting on a special use permit for Lafarge North America.

The five-year special use permit would allow Lafarge to operate a rock crusher and mine on a 37-acre site in the northeast corner of Missouri 291 and Kentucky Road.

The permit was originally granted in May 2000 and expired in May. The board granted a temporary permit until November to allow Lafarge to continue to operate at the site.

“There are some issues that need to be resolved,” Mayor Stan Salva said.

The mayor said one issue was on establishing an impact fee. The fee is to pay for the costs incurred by the city for monitoring Lafarge’s operations.

Another issue is about ownership and how it’s reflected in the ordinance, Salva said.

Woodmen of the World, of Omaha, Neb., owns the site and the land is leased to Lafarge.

Sugar Creek staff should be able to clear up the issues in time for the next meeting on Monday. It’s expected to be on that meeting’s agenda.

The city’s planning and zoning commission in July approved the special use permit by a 4-3 vote. The board said improved monitoring and communication among neighboring residents is needed.

Language in the ordinance holds Lafarge to specific conditions for the mining operation.
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