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Trucking company looks to build near Lebanon

A trucking business has plans to construct a 4,800-square-foot building along Reider Road between Lebanon and O’Fallon.

Balo Services, which has hauled dirt for the ongoing Gateway Arch project, and hauls material to Lowe’s and Home Depot, has proposed the project.

Under a plan recommended for approval in a 4-1 vote by the St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals, owner John McDonald Jr., of Aviston, said he hopes to install a culvert and lay rock down this year on the Reider Road property.

By the New Year, McDonald said he hopes to have constructed a 4,800-square-foot building on the five-acre property.

The 80-foot-by-60-foot building would have three bays for trucks. He estimates construction of the building would cost about $150,000.

Balo Services also hopes to have an office constructed by 2018 at the location.

McDonald currently has four trucks and five trailers, which are already located on the property, he said.

He currently has three drivers and is looking to add a fourth.

In five years he hopes to have 10 to 15 trucks, 10 to 15 employees and up to 20 trailers.

“We want to do it the right way,” McDonald said. “It’s a family property, a family business, we want to stay right there. We’re outgrowing just parking at the farm.”

St. Clair Zoning Chairman George Meister was the lone no-vote from the zoning board.

“I’ve got a little issue with it being outside storage,” Meister said.

During the hearing, McDonald pointed out there are other trucking companies along Reider Road.

The St. Clair County Board is scheduled to vote on whether to allow the proposed development at its meeting later this month.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter