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Grayslake snuffs out noxious air emissions

A garbage truck leaves Countryside Landfill. | Sun-Times Medifile

A garbage truck leaves the Countryside Landfill. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: September 3, 2013 2:13AM

GRAYSLAKE — Village trustees agreed to annex and grant a zoning classification to the unincorporated Vulcan property on routes 83 and 137 that will eliminate a foul-smelling asphalt plant that nearby residents have complained about for years.

“The Village took seriously citizens’ complaints at a public hearing about noxious emissions coming from both the Countryside Landfill and the nearby Vulcan Materials asphalt plant located on Route 83,” Mayor Rhett Taylor said in explaining the action on Tuesday night, July 2.

While technically not yet within Grayslake’s boundaries, Taylor said the two emitters have been cooperating with village efforts to eliminate any foul odors emanating from either source. In a previously approved compliance agreement signed last July between the Village and Vulcan Materials, the company had agreed to shut down its asphalt operations by January 1, 2014.

Additionally, Vulcan agreed to remove an unsightly billboard and agreed to annexation of their unincorporated property. The Zoning Board of Appeals has recommended that once the property is annexed into the Village, it will be accorded Limited Industry Zoning status.

“This agreement with Vulcan Materials will significantly improve air quality in the Grayslake area,” Taylor said.

He said this, along with a permit to expand the capacity of an existing landfill Methane gas reuse facility, are two major steps that the Village has taken to reduce foul air emissions and improve the local environment. In other action, the Village Board waived bids and authorized a fourth $8,000 treatment program to control the emerald ash borer that is raging throughout the county. There are more than 1,700 ash trees on Village-owned parkways, and only about 50 to 60 of these trees have been found to contain the deadly borers. To ensure total success, staff has recommended this additional treatment to wipe out any remnants of the disease in Grayslake.

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