By Marianne Mueller

A final decision is expected regarding a proposed asphalt plant in Black’s Quarry at 11200 N. Main Road, in Rockton.

Strong opposition in massive numbers against the proposed plant remains. Residents have expressed concerns about additional truck traffic on the service road that sits in front of the quarry and is already in reat need of repair. Residents have expressed concerns about decreased property values, extra noise, odor and other emissions, potential leakage, overall safety. The proposed location is in very close proximity to homes, Stephen Mack Middle School and Barkwood Dog Park. Together a fight has been waged to protect the residents; especially area youth.

“No Asphalt Plant “and “Let’s Hear It for No Asphalt,” signs sit on properties near the site, and in different sections of the overall Rockton community. Before an expected vote by the Zoning Board residents peacefully protested outside the Winnebago County Administration building at various meetings holding signs carrying the same message. Residents have remained vigilant by calling or writing to county board members; most notably through postcard parties. The plant would encompass 34.64 acres if the Special Use permit is to be granted.


Read the full story in the June 7th edition of the Gazette…

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