With quarry deal in rubble, company considers next move
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org June 25, 2014 6:38PM
A report earlier this year from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart suggested Robbins officials renegotiate an agreement with a developer planning to quarry and mine limestone in the village. Robbins trustees have voted to void the controversial deal. | File pho
Updated: June 26, 2014 2:11AM
Robbins trustees have voted to undo a complex agreement with a company that had proposed mining and quarrying limestone in the village, leaving the firm to ponder its next move.
A representative of ALM Resources — which also planned on building concrete and asphalt plants as well as a horse ranch — said the company was willing to talk with village officials in an effort to salvage the agreement, approved a year ago.
Paul Stewart, a consultant to ALM, said the company believes it still has a “legally binding contract” with the village to pursue the project. He said ALM wasn’t given notice that trustees would be voting Tuesday on the matter, and that it was “a little disconcerting” the company hadn’t been given an opportunity to address concerns about the development.
He said ALM “remains prepared to sit down with the village and discuss the concerns” in order to “figure out a solution.”
Stewart said ALM had not heard from village officials following the vote, nor had the company tried to contact anyone from Robbins.
Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward on Wednesday did not return a call seeking comment.
The SouthtownStar, in a series of stories that began last summer, first detailed the extent of ALM’s plans. Along with a 60-acre quarry, the company planned a 169-acre mine that would extract limestone from under dozens of homes. More than 50 homes would need to be bought and razed for the project, which was touted as being a way of bringing much-needed revenue to the impoverished community.
Movement on those plans was halted late last year after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart began an investigation of the agreement between the village and ALM.
A report completed earlier this year said Dart’s “investigation has made clear that the interests of the residents of Robbins were not protected nor were they the focus of the negotiations,” and that the agreement wasn’t a legal document.
Dart said that negotiations should start over from square one, but Stewart said he could not say whether ALM would agree to that.