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Published: Wednesday, 7/17/2013

Perrysburg Township officials object to mining application

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Wylie and Sons operations on Glenwood Road. Wylie and Sons operations on Glenwood Road.
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A landscaping firm has applied to the state to mine topsoil, clay, and limestone on Glenwood Road, but the Perrysburg Township administrator has objected for several reasons.

Wylie and Sons Landscaping LLC submitted the application for a mining permit in March to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for work to be done at 27226 Glenwood.

Township Administrator Walt Celley objected in a note to the state, citing that the work would create wear and tear on the road, that he was unsure whether reclamation would occur at the site, and other concerns about the business owner. 

The township is working on scheduling a public meeting with the ODNR on the requested permit, possibly in September.

Business owners Thomas and Nicholas Wylie, in the application to the state, estimate 800 tons of topsoil, 6,000 tons of clay, and 100,000 tons of limestone could be removed from the site annually. Total production, the application said, would be 12,000 tons of topsoil, 90,000 tons of clay, and 1,500,000 tons of limestone. The drilling typically would be 15 to 20 feet, in holes of 4 to 8 feet wide, the application said. In all, 14.7 acres of land would be affected. 

It will be a quarry-style mining. Stoneco Inc. and Cardinal Aggregate are two other mining businesses in the township.

Mr. Celley urged the state, if it should approve the permit, to put restrictions in place, such as load limits for the truck weight and to provide money to repair any damage to the newly paved Glenwood Road.

The weight limit on the road, he said, is 15 tons or 30,000 pounds. But that could mean 320,000 or more truckloads a year to haul out the expected excavated material.

Also attached to Mr. Celley's objection to the state were complaints from township residents about mud covering Glenwood Road outside of Wylie and Sons.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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