Lafarge / Meyer Material Updates
At the July 16, 2019 Cary Village Board meeting, the Village approved the acceptance of the property formally owned by Meyer Material Company. The 190-acre site, which includes a 70-acre lake, will serve as a passive park with trails, fishing stations, kayak launches, and numerous other public amenities once formally opened to the public. The property is located on the east side of Route 31, south of the Cary Park District’s Hoffman Park and north of Klasen Road.
The site was formally utilized by Meyer Material Company for mining and mineral extraction operations. In 2008, the Village granted Meyer Material Company approval to complete mining activities on the property. As part of the 2008 agreement, Meyer Material was required to restore the property to Village standards for future park use and provide significant financial contributions to the Village.
The July 16, 2019 approval of the acceptance of the property includes:
• Conveyance of an additional 6 acres of land adjacent to existing single-family residential subdivisions and the Village’s parking lot off Klasen Road
• Meyer Material retains ownership of subsurface mineral rights to the property but any rights to mine would be at the Village’s sole discretion and require a separate formal Village approval
• Guarantee of the constructed park improvements for an additional year
• Recording of various easements for access to the property, stormwater, and the path system
The historical financial benefits of the Village of Cary’s agreement with Meyer Material Company were significant. In addition to Meyer Material deeding the 190-acre park property to the Village of Cary, the Village also received over $7,500,000 from Meyer Material Company. The Village was able to utilize the financial benefits in a variety of ways to benefit the community. Examples of how the dollars were used include:
• Construction of a new Cary-Algonquin Road multi-use path (from Fox Trails North Drive to Main Street)
• Purchase and funding for current and future Village vehicles and equipment
• $1,000,000 paid to 130 Fox Trails subdivision home owners for home improvements
• Construction of a new sidewalk in the Fox Trails subdivision (from Cary-Algonquin Road to Knollwood Drive)
• $350,000 payment to the Cary Park District for a future path connecting the lake property to Hoffman Park
• $1,500,000 for future park maintenance and improvement
The new 190-acre park will provide yet another unique open space opportunity for the Village’s residents. The new park is anticipated to open to the public this fall.
|7/16/19||Village Board approved the acceptance of the property formally owned by Meyer Material Company.|
Equipment mobilization planned to begin week of March 27, including delivery of the dredging equipment. Dredging activities tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 3.
Lafarge/Meyer has been slowly ramping up dredging operations over the past two weeks but have advised the Village they are not yet fully operational. They are fine tuning their operations with the dredge subcontractor and new equipment. The dredge has only been utilized on weekdays thus far, with dredging beginning Monday mornings and concluding prior to 6am on Saturday for the past two weeks. They have not performed any Saturday (after 6am ) or Sunday operations. During the week of May 1st, Lafarge/Meyer will be installing temporary fencing near the property line adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. The temporary fencing is being installed to maintain security access to the mining site while restoration activities are taking place. Restoration adjacent to the Fox Trails area will include the removal of the existing fence on Meyer's property, grubbing and removal of heavy brush, and eventual removal of the berm. Grubbing and brush removal activities are anticipated to begin the week of May 8th. Lafarge/Meyer continues dredging and restoration activities on the property. The dredge continues to only be utilized on weekdays thus far, with dredging beginning on Monday mornings and concluding prior to 6 am on Saturdays.
Earlier this month Lafarge/Meyer installed temporary fencing near the property line adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. The temporary fencing was installed to maintain security access to the mining site while restoration activities are taking place. Beginning on Friday, May 19th, Lafarge/Meyer will be mobilizing a subcontractor to begin tree and grub removal on the property. The subcontractor’s equipment will generate some additional noise as they will be working on the perimeter of the property adjacent to the subdivision. This is a short-term impact that nearby homes will experience during daytime hours as Lafarge/Meyer prepares the area for the eventual removal of the berm.
Beginning on Monday, May 22nd, Lafarge/Meyer Material will begin grubbing operations along the berm and buffer area of the gravel mine. Grubbing activities will include the removal of trees, underbrush, and the wire-mesh fencing which is located on Lafarge’s property adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. Portions of the fence have already been removed. Trees and underbrush which have grown on the property over the years of mining activities will be cut and ground down on site. Trees which currently exist between the temporary orange fencing and the rear yards of adjacent homes will not be impacted by these operations. Residents will experience additional noise due to the grubbing activities. The grubbing activities are subject to occur in accordance with the construction hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday. It is anticipated these activities will take approximately two weeks to complete. The grubbing work is part of the overall restoration plan for the property which includes the eventual removal of the berms on the site later this year.
Lafarge/Meyer Material continues to mine the property in accordance with the approvals granted by the Village. Mining with the dredge is currently being performed Monday through Saturday each week. In May, grubbing activities took place along the buffer yard area between the mine and the Fox Trails Subdivision. To date, this has included the removal of trees and brush materials. In June, the subcontractor will resume operations by grinding down the stumps of removed vegetation and chipping remaining materials. Materials will be moved to two locations on site for chipping. Chipping will occur on weekdays both in the southeast (near Klasen Road) and the northwest (near Route 31) corners of the property.
Lafarge/Meyer Material will be resuming their grubbing activities on the property today - June 13th. In May, Lafarge/Meyer Material removed several trees and brush which had grown over the years along the bufferyard area between the gravel mine and the adjacent Fox Trails Subdivision. Today their subcontractor will be back on site grinding stumps and chipping materials which were removed. Tree chipping will take place in the pit area of the site while grinding activities will be performed in the bufferyard area. This work will cause additional short term noise impacts on adjacent residential property.
Lafarge/Meyer Material continue their mining operation on the property adjacent to the Fox Trails Subdivision. The dredge has completed mining near the northeastern portion of the property and will soon begin its retreat back towards the south and west. Mining is currently on schedule to conclude by the end of this year in accordance with approvals granted by the Village of Cary. In addition to mining, Lafarge/Meyer Material continues restoration activities on the property. During the month of September Lafarge will begin the removal of the berm located in the bufferyard area immediately west of the Fox Trails Subdivision. The materials within the berm will be utilized elsewhere on the property for final grading of the site. Residents immediately next to the berm will experience additional construction traffic during daytime hours when the berm is being removed.
Lafarge/Meyer Material is nearing completion of their mining operation on the property with mining scheduled to conclude on December 15th. While this date signifies the end of mining operations, restoration activities which are currently taking place on the property will continue into early 2018. Restoration activities include earthwork, installation of the parking lot and pathway system, and planting of vegetation. Restoration also includes the removal of the berm located within the bufferyard area immediately west of the Fox Trails Subdivision. The topsoil materials within the berm will be utilized on the property for final shaping of the lake area. It is possible that the dredge equipment may be utilized to assist with final restoration work in order to properly shape the lake area. However, the use of the dredge after December 15th would be limited to the Village’s construction hours of 7 AM to 7 PM and would no longer operate on a 24 hour basis. Additionally the dredge would be utilized to disperse materials elsewhere on the property and not removed from the site. The entire project, including mining and restoration activities, is anticipated to be completed by June 2018.
|3/15/18||Mining on the property was completed on December 15, 2017. Lafarge/Meyer Material continues their restoration activities to restore the site to a usable state. Restoration will include the installation of a 15 foot wide walking path around the entire lake area and a parking lot with vehicular entrance to Klasen Road. Restoration is expected to be completed September 2018 and the property deeded to the Village of Cary.|
|03/09/19||Lafarge/Meyer Material has completed restoration of the property which includes the construction of the walking path, parking lot and various drainage improvements on-site. The Village Board of Trustees are currently working with Lafarge/Meyer Material representatives to finalize terms in order to complete the transfer of the park property to the Village. In the meantime, the property remains under private ownership and is closed to the public.|
Schematic Design Concept (Gravel Pit Site)
Initial Reclamation Design (Gravel Pit Site)