The city of Sugar Creek is working out issues on a special-use permit so Lafarge North America can continue a mining operation.

The city of Sugar Creek is working out issues on a special-use permit so Lafarge North America can continue a mining operation.

On Monday, the board of aldermen held off on a final vote of a special use permit that would allow Lafarge to operate a rock crusher and mine on a 37-acre site in the northeast corner of Missouri 291 and Kentucky Road.

The five-year permit, if approved, would be granted to Woodmen of the World, which owns the land that Lafarge is currently mining. Lafarge is currently mining the property after the city granted a temporary permit that expires in November.

Specific conditions that Lafarge must meet go with the permit.

Woodmen of the World owes the city $36,000 in fees from when the company submitted a TIF plan several years ago. Woodmen withdrew the plan in which the city incurred expenses in preparing.

The board made it clear that it doesn’t want to grant the permit without first getting the owed money.

“It’s difficult to grant a special- use permit to a business in our city that owes us money, whether it’s taxes or other obligations,” said Bob Buckley.

Mayor Stan Salva, who has talked to a Woodmen representative about the issue, said Buckley should send the company a letter that explains that the permit will be granted when the city receives the money owed.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved an ordinance that gives city employees an across the board 2 percent cost-of-living raise. It would’ve been the second year in a row employees would not have gotten a raise.