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|Aluminum Castings Not on City Council Agenda
|The Galesburg City Council will not be deciding the future of the Aluminum Castings plant at its meeting Monday night.
The final reading of the proposal to change the zoning of the Kellogg and South Street plant so that heavy industrial manufacturing can be done there was removed from the agenda before being made available to the media.
This comes a week-and-a-half after Fifth Ward Alderman Peter Schwartzman said he had serious concerns about the plant and the amount of emissions coming out of the facility as it stands currently, and the effect that might have on places like the YMCA KidCare Station nearby.
A city spokesperson tells WGIL the measure was removed because the city is still waiting to get answers from Aluminum Castings to what Schwartzman calls nine questions he has about the plant and what it intends to do about expansion, so now the item will be considered July second.
The list of nine-questions includes one question broken up into two parts, and many sub-questions inbetween, ranging from when Aluminum Castings got its current zoning designation, to information about health risks related to emissions.
Schwartzman said earlier this week he wants Aluminum Castings to move into a vacant plant already properly zoned.
The company, though, says it has just installed a million dollars worth of new equipment as part of an over two-million dollar expansion which will include a workforce almost doubled from what it has now.
It's also said it would consider expanding at its parent company's headquarters in Peoria if it can't expand here.
|06 14 12 by Newsroom
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