The Sugar Creek Board of Aldermen in two weeks is expected to address the hot-button issue of Lafarge North America’s quest to mine a section of Sugar Creek.

The Sugar Creek Board of Aldermen in two weeks is expected to address the hot-button issue of Lafarge North America’s quest to mine a section of Sugar Creek.

The board will likely discuss the issue on March 8  and then vote on March 22, Sugar Creek Mayor Stanley Salva said following a board meeting in February.

Lafarge wants the 88 acres, which Sugar Creek incorporated two years ago, because it’s rich in Bethany Falls limestone. Last year, they submitted a rezoning request that would have led to a second request for a special use permit for the company to mine the land. However, last December the city’s planning and zoning commission rejected the rezoning request.

Now, the Board of Aldermen will decide on whether to go with the commission’s decision or reject it and approve the request.

The board is finally addressing the issue after the planning and zoning commission rejected giving Lafarge the approval to start mining the area. The zoning board voted in December 2008.

Why such a long delay?

“Just dealing with schedules,” Salva said. “Mr. Onka (Alderman Dennis Onka) had some problems and Mr. Sagehorn (Alderman Stanley Sagehorn) is on the road a lot.”

A group was formed two years ago called Cedar Crest, Swearingen, Farview Concerned Citizens. It’s an organization representing 1,400 homes, three churches, an elementary school and a mental health facility the mining would affect.

A news bulletin that was e-mailed to members to update them on developments said the delay was “designed to keep the issue out of the public view and give the residents of the area a false sense of security.”

The meeting on March 8 starts at 7 p.m. at Sugar Creek City Hall.