An amendment to the City of Alton's lease with Bluff City Minerals has been laid over amid concerns of how future blasting at the quarry just off College Avenue could impact residents in the Milton area. The City Council unanimously voted to lay over the measure pending the outcome of a meeting between Alton aldermen, representatives of Bluff City Minerals and a citizen who expressed his concerns during last night’s meeting.
Alton Mayor Brant Walker says it’s the right decision.
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Bluff City Minerals Operations Manager Terry Croxford says there is a misconception regarding where the blasting would take place.
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The amendment, if passed, would give Bluff City Minerals permission to mine under a storm water retention area on the southwestern corner of their property. It would also allow the company to retain the right to place an airshaft on the north side of Illinois Route 140, similar to the one at Gordon Moore Park near the baseball diamonds. In exchange, the city will get $32,000 in rock tobe used in the Public Works Department. The amendment will be revisited by the Alton City Council on August 27.