Rice Lake will not allow hot mix facilities in city limits

No borrow pits or hot mix facilities will be allowed in the City of Rice Lake. No borrow pits or hot mix facilities will be allowed in the City of Rice Lake. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: October 27, 2020 09:52 AM

The Rice Lake City Council voted Monday night to eliminate the option for a hot mix facility within city limits. 

A number of citizens had formed a group called "Keep Ordinance 22." They raised concerns about the possibility of a hot mix facility going in at a gravel pit on Martin Road and Rice Lake Road. 

On July 13, the council passed a year-long moratorium on accepting applications for hot mix facilities. And Monday night, they made it permanent. 

"Rice Lake's residential density is such that placement of a hot mix plant in any area would adversely affect residents' enjoyment of their property," the ordinance reads. 

City Council members heard presentations from a local asphalt company as well as the citizens group at their Sept. 28 meeting, and the Planning Commission had a public hearing on Oct. 20. 

Borrow pits, where materials like sand or gravel are procured, are now also disallowed. The ordinance says that the Rice Lake Roads Supervisor and Mayor John Werner determined there is no gravel left to mine in Rice Lake.  

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