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Amon gravel pit sold to Beloit company

by Chris Schultz

May 22, 2014

WILLIAMS BAY — The village may finally have a solution to the sand and gravel that washed down Southwick Creek into the Williams Bay.

The former B.R. Amon & Sons Construction Co. gravel pit on Highway 67 north of Williams Bay was bought by a Beloit contractor. However, the final closing won’t be for another two weeks or so, according to a court-appointed receiver.

The Elkhorn company went into receivership in April 2013.

In a voicemail to the Regional News late last week, Ron Carlson, receiver for the Amon property, said he expects the sale to close late this month or in early June.

Fay Amerson, urban program specialist for Walworth County, said the pit was purchased by CCI (Corporate Contractors Inc.) of Beloit. She said the company intends to continue to extract sand and gravel from the property.

“They are well aware they have to improve control of water flow off the site,” Amerson said.

Amerson said some reclamation on the site has been ordered, returning it to a similar condition it was in before the site was turned into a gravel pit.

Amerson said she has also recommended that CCI officials meet with Williams Bay Village President John Marra and Delavan Town Board Chairman Ryan Simmons to discuss what will be done to control storm water run off.

Amerson said the company has experience operating gravel pits. The company owns a sand and gravel quarry in the town of Turtle, Rock County, she said.

Williams Bay and the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency have been concerned about the former Amon pit since the company went bankrupt in 2013.

Storm waters washed loose sand and gravel out of the former Amon pit down Southwick and created a sandbar just off of the creek’s mouth in the lake.

Authorities said they don’t know how much of the sand and gravel went into the lake, But it was enough to catch the attentions of the GLEA, the Walworth County Lake Conservation Division and the state Department of Natural Resources.

Southwick is a man-made creek that enters the lake just north of Edgewater Park. Created to provide drainage during the construction of Highway 67 between Williams Bay and Elkhorn, the creek has become a haven for lake trout.

The gravel pit is just north and west of the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy.

The sand and gravel was washed through the property, out the main entrance. It entered a culvert running under Highway 67 and onto Kishwauketoe property, where it entered the creek and continued on into Geneva Lake.