Dart: Robbins’ quarry deal ‘vague, misleading and uncertain’
BY PHIL KADNER firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2013 3:10PM
The Greater Christian Unity Church in Robbins, which would be condemned to make way for a quarry, is the site for weekly meetings of residents opposed to the redevelopment project. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 6, 2013 3:39PM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has asked the mayor of Robbins to “suspend” development plans for a limestone quarry in the village.
In a letter to Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward delivered Tuesday, Dart states that his office has launched an investigation into the project and determined the village’s agreement with ALM Resources LLC “is vague, misleading and uncertain.”
One article in the development agreement, Dart notes, provides that ALM receive as much as 95 percent of the gross revenues generated for years after the quarry is fully operational, but ALM “is not required to make any payments to the village until the project is fully operational.”
That means, Dart notes, that ALM would not pay the village anything until the Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to the “use of aggregate products in IDOT construction projects.”
In detailing eight items of concern turned up by his office’s initial investigation of the project, Dart notes that a provision of the contract prohibits any party from “challenging the validity of the contract.”
The development project, which would also include a larger underground mine and the use of eminent domain authority to acquire 320 acres of the village, has sparked outrage among village residents who claim they were unaware that a private developer would be tunneling under their homes and that more than 20 percent of the village would be handed over to ALM.