Adell gives green light to added grain bin

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ADELL — Just a little over a year ago, the village approved a conditional use permit for Mark Garofalo’s two companies, Tower Road Corporation and Great Lakes Agri-Service, to build a grain handling system.

On Thursday night, after a meeting of the Plan Commission, a public hearing, and a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, Garofalo was granted a conditional permit to expand grain storage and handling capacities.

The Plan Commission recommended approval. During the public hearing, there were no challenges or objections from the public. When the board met, it unanimously followed the Plan Commission’s recommendation and approved the permit.

But it was made plain, during the night’s discussions, that the issued use permit is conditional. The one condition placed on the permit was based on recent complaints the village has received that there has been excessive dust from that area of the village.

Whether the dust comes from the material being processing by Tower Road Corporation and Great Lakes Agri-Service’s operations, or from operations at the Adell Co-op, or both — or whether it is caused by trucks driving on gravel (again, at either facility or both) — is something the village needs to determine.

The board told Garofalo that his permit was conditional upon his facility not producing excessive dust. Garofalo said the expanded capacity will allow a change in handling the grain, which will result in less dust.

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