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Zoning appeals board OKs Dupo quarry’s expansion plan

The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday approved a Dupo quarry’s request for a permit to expand its extraction operation.

Casper Stolle Quarry & Contracting Company, located at 3003 Stolle Road in Dupo, requested the permit that applies to an additional 135 acres on ground adjacent to the company’s current operations. A county statute stating quarries can’t operate within 1000 feet of a residence means only 64 of those 135 acres will actually be quarried.

The board’s unanimous decision paves the way for consideration by the full County Board. Its next meeting is set for 7 p.m. June 29 at the County Building.

The appeals board also voted to take under advisement a request by Daniel and Lynette Toenjes to allow them to continue operating their brick contracting company on their residential property at 3040 Forest Hill School Road in rural Millstadt.

The Toenjes family first approached the board about using the property, which they bought in 2001 and moved into in 2002, for business purposes in 2001. The board’s vote then was a tie and the family withdrew their request but operated the business on the property anyway after closing up their Belleville shop in 2004.

The appeals board will decide whether to send the family’s request to the full board during its meeting set for 7 p.m. July 6 at the County Building.