Columbus City Council members at their April 9 meeting did not approve a new interim use permit to direct Forest Lake Contracting’s future sand mining on 36 acres at the John’s Black Dirt site.
Columbus City Council
Families living south of the John’s Black Dirt site, including neighbors on Tulane and Vassar streets and 181st Avenue Northeast, have no more certainty in early April than they had in March regarding how many trucks full of sand might run on their roads this summer.
City officials once again have delayed their review of a new interim use permit for Forest Lake Contracting at the John’s Black Dirt site.
Whenever most of the snow has finally melted and the ground begins to thaw, the unofficial construction season will once again affect many cities. Columbus’ top concern on that front last year came from families on Tulane and Vassar streets, south of the John’s Black Dirt site, where local company Forest Lake Contracting excavated sand for use in off-site construction.
A vehicle auction lot will not be coming to Columbus this summer, after a rezoning request and comprehensive plan amendment tied to that proposal did not get the City Council’s support Feb. 12. Following comments from neighbors and lengthy discussion by Mayor Dave Povolny and the council, the elected officials voted 4-1 against a comprehensive plan amendment request.