The Utah County Board of Adjustment continued a request by an asphalt and concrete company Tuesday to build a batch plant in Genola, a rural area south of Utah Lake.
Valley Asphalt officials wanted to discuss the plant with Genola town officials before the Board of Adjustment acts on the issue. The company is looking to build the batch plant in Genola after the Santaquin Town Council rejected the asphalt company's request to move its headquarters there, which included expanding its gravel pit and adding a crusher just outside town. Valley Asphalt is headquartered near Spanish Fork.Valley Asphalt and Santaquin officials had been quietly working together for about a year to annex the gravel pit into the town. Following a lengthy and sometimes heated public hearing over the issue, residents filed a protest with the Utah County Boundary Commission before the council could act on the issue. That took the decision to approve the annexation out of city hands for at least six months.
Later the City Council voted to reject the company's annexation request of 174 acres. Valley Asphalt then looked at developing its Genola site into a batch plant. While the batch plant won't be in Santaquin, asphalt trucks now travel through the town from the Genola site.
That could increase if the Genola site is expanded. The board said Santaquin residents could comment on that issue at the next hearing, which was continued until December in the Room 1400 of the Utah County Administration Building in Provo.