Tolono board backs grain, fuel facility
TOLONO — Village officials are recommending to the county zoning board of appeals that Premier Cooperative be allowed to build a distribution depot and new storage facilities for grain and fuel.
Premier CEO Roger Miller this week told the village board that the cooperative is planning to expand its grain and fuel businesses. Miller said the company would like to put an above-ground bulk fuel facility at its Apex location at 949 County Road 700 N. Miller noted that the facility meets all setback requirements.
There will be 24,000-gallon tanks for unleaded gas, dyed diesel and clear diesel, an 8,400-gallon tank for diesel exhaust fluid and a 10,000-gallon tank for soy.
Premier's plan also includes the demolition and replacement of an existing 120-foot-high grain elevator, the construction of two 120-foot-high grain dryers and the construction of a grain elevator with a 185-foot-high wet grain leg.
"As technology increases, we're getting more and more volume," Miller said.
Miller said Premier is waiting for a permit from the state fire marshal's office to proceed with the project.
Miller said Premier is working with Tolono Township officials to upgrade the roads in preparation for additional traffic. Construction on the grain storage facilities would likely not start until next year, but the bulk fuel facility could start sooner, he added.
Premier is located in the I-1 light industry zoning district. It gets its water from Tolono but has not been annexed into the village.
The request will go before the county zoning board on June 27.