Livingston mining ban on hold for two weeks
Katie Kocijanski is reporting in the Register-Star the proposal to mine sand and gravel on 14 acres of land on county Route 19 in Livingston has been temporarily put on hold. Town Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons said at the town board public hearing September 8, a second hearing is now necessary because the legal language of the moratorium must be amended to include all pending applications in the local law. That hearing will be held on September 22. The proposed moratorium is a response to public concern over the application of Red Wing Sand & Gravel to mine land just north of Elizaville, on county Route 19, between county Route 8 and Hapeman Road. The town says Red Wing's application applies to only 14.3 acres, but according to the company's land use plan, the area to be mined is 114 acres. Joseph Sweeney, president of Twin Lakes Improvement Association and the Livingston Neighbor’s Association, said the mining operation would cause property values to decrease, and negatively impact air quality. Sweeney said neighbors are concerned about increased traffic, noise, air pollution and children’s safety. Red Wing President Frank Doherty was represented at the public hearing by Syracuse attorney Kathleen Bennett. Bennett said the moratorium was a serious measure for the town to take. She said, according to current zoning laws, there are sufficient protections in place for the board to consider Red Wing's application. Read the full story in the Register-Star.