Share this page on facebook
Saukville
County, town try to settle quarry plan differences PDF Print E-mail
Community
Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:40

Officials still divided on combining three pits, but advances are made

Ozaukee County officials and members of the Town of Saukville Quarry Committee met Tuesday to discuss stalled plans for the creation of a gravel pit on the 35-acre former Opitz property on Birchwood Road.

The county hired Stantec Consulting Services of Mequon to prepare a 17-page reclamation plan detailing what will happen to the property when the gravel reserves are used up. According to the county, about seven years worth of gravel is available on the site for road construction needs.

Town officials contend more steps are needed before they are willing to approve the reclamation plan needed for the quarry permit.

That was also the finding of an analysis prepared for the town by the Franklin engineering firm Endpoint Solutions. The report was used as the basis for denying the county’s reclamation plan.

The county, in turn, got an opinion from an attorney with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources suggesting the town committee overstepped its authority in rejecting a reclamation plan.

One of the key points in the DNR critique was that the town rejected the plan without giving the county a chance to correct perceived errors or deficiencies.

Tuesday’s meeting was an attempt to see if face-to-face exchanges could resolve the apparent impasse.

“It is important for Ozaukee County to realize that the denial of the plan was not meant to cut off discussion,” Committee Chairman Victor Frank said. “It is only a denial of the plan as written without modification.”

The meeting had barely started when county representatives, including Public Works Supt. Robert Dreblow and Corporation Counsel Rhonda Gorden, met in private conference for 20 minutes.

When they returned, they told the committee and Town Attorney Nicholas DeStefanis the county had no interest in granting the town an extension to consider the plan.

Dreblow said delaying the approval could prevent the county from beginning quarrying on the property this fall.

Although progress was made on a number of concerns about the plan raised by the committee, county officials were adamant that they were not willing to rewrite the plan to incorporate two other county-run quarries on adjoining parcels.

Town officials were hoping that stand could be altered.

“By considering the three pits one contiguous parcel, it would be easier for the town to monitor,” Frank said.

“The Lakeland and Gunther pits have not always gotten the attention from the committee that they should have. By making them part of one plan, it would be much easier to track all the sites.”

Gorden said the county is under no obligation to combine the quarry properties, but county officials said they were willing to add new information — such as topographical maps for the area — as amendments to all three reclamation plans.

The county also included new wetland delineation details in its amended plan, as well as a 75-foot buffer zone from property lines and wetlands.

As a compromise intended to keep the quarry project moving forward, Gorden suggested the town grant the reclamation plan conditional approval contingent on resolving some of the minor areas of disagreement.

Complicating the approval process even more was the suggestion that the county include in its plan the option of converting the parcel to residential or agricultural once quarrying ceases.

Dreblow said the county prepared its reclamation plan following the town’s wishes that no outside fill be trucked to the property.

Restoring the property to allow future development “would require extensive revision” of the plan.

Although progress was made on a reclamation plan that would be acceptable to the town and county, a follow up meeting of the two groups was tentatively planned for Monday, Sept. 29.

If those talks fail to result in an acceptable reclamation plan the county intends to request an appeal hearing before the committee.



 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 4 of 263
advertisement
Banner
Banner
503 Service Temporarily Unavailable

Service Temporarily Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.