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.
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.
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.
Columbus city staff reported to council members July 24 that Forest Lake Contracting has agreed to submit a new application for an interim use permit to work at the John’s Black Dirt site.