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Grayslake issue concerns Mundelein

Truck terminals proposed for Peterson, Midlothian

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:48 a.m. CDT

GRAYSLAKE – A few residents showed up to express concerns about proposed trucking terminals at Peterson and Midlothian roads at Tuesday's meeting of Grayslake's village board, but they weren't from town.

They hailed from Mundelein.

In a 5-1 vote last month, Grayslake's planning and zoning commission approved a proposal by SAIA Corp., a national trucking company, to build the terminals. Grayslake residents would be farther from the terminals than Mundelein's.

The Village Board sought public feedback on the proposal during a hearing just before its regular meeting.

Representing the village of Mundelein, attorney Lawrence LaLuzerne said residents had been "left in the dark" about the project. The village, he said, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request on the proposal June 17, but Grayslake has yet to respond. Under state law, government entities have five business days to answer, unless they seek five-day extensions.

"The people most impacted on a daily basis will be the residents of Mundelein, who live just south of Winchester road," the attorney told the board. "The nearest resident in Grayslake affected is well over one mile away."

He said the proposal was missing a traffic study, adding that residents were concerned about how many trucks would travel on nearby roads.

LaLuzerne asked how often trucks would sit idling at the terminals and about the effects on air quality. He noted that police and fire departments in Mundelein were closer to the proposed terminals than Grayslake's, meaning Mundelein would respond to an emergency faster.

Mundelein resident Michael Tarnow, who lives on Kensington Drive, said his backyard would face the terminals. Mundelein has a daycare, community center, school and library nearby, and he feared that truck traffic on Midlothian could affect those institutions.

Robert Tropple, operations manager for Mundelein School District 75, said his district hadn't been given any information about the project.

In the front row, five men representing SAIA took notes as the residents spoke. One subtly shook his head at times.

In response to the feedback, they said most of their trucks have automatic shutoffs after they idle for five minutes. They promised to adjust the landscaping plan in reaction to one resident's request.

Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor said the village should appreciate the company's flexibility.

"Lake County needs economic development," he said.

Village trustee Bruce Bassett said Grayslake wanted to make sure it was a good neighbor to Mundelein, to which a SAIA official said the firm also wanted to be one.

The company assured the board that very few trucks would go on Midlothian into Mundelein, saying that most would head east on Peterson.

"The main thrust of this facility is to get to [Interstate] 94," said Ron Adams, one of SAIA's representatives.

Trustee Jeff Werfel said the trustees would have the same concerns as Mundelein residents if they lived near the proposed terminals.

Bassett said he liked the company's plan for "buffering" with berms and landscaping to the south.

Taylor ended the discussion.

"Thank you for bringing your facility to our community," he said.

The Village Board plans to vote on the terminals at its Aug. 5 meeting.

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