An attempt to build an asphalt plant on the grounds of Black’s Quarry is an ongoing topic of controversy for Rockton residents.
Earlier this year, Northern Illinois Services brought the idea before the Winnebago County Board, but pulled the petition before a vote, because of resident’s protests.
“What we’re going to do is, we are going to stop them,” said Rockton resident Mark West. West and members of the Rockton Coalition met in opposition to the plant after hearing that Northern Illinois Services has spoken with Roscoe leaders about possibly annexing Black’s Quarry and making it a part of Roscoe.
“To be clear, they have yet to submit a formal request, but if they did, there’s an entire process that’s in place as dictated by state statute. There would be a series of public hearings on it and every step of that review process would be conducted in the full public view,” said Village of Roscoe Administrator Scott Sanders.
Sanders thinks that annexation would be a difficult process. “This is a pretty long stretch, this is a better part of two miles wrapping around the municipal boundaries of Rockton, and I just think that will be a hard sell,” he added.
Despite the fact that no formal request has been made, West and several Rockton residents are prepared to fight against the plant if it is. Many think it will bring harm to both villages. “Now that we are aware of it, we are going to mobilize again, we are going to get hundreds of people behind us and go to the village of Roscoe and let them know how we feel,” West said.
Eyewitness News reached out to Northern Illinois Services but they declined to comment.