Livingston to hold public hearing on proposed mining ban
John Mason is reporting in the Register-Star the Livingston Town Board will hold a public hearing September 8, on a proposed town wide mining ban. The proposed moratorium is a response to public concern over the application of Red Wing Sand & Gravel to mine approximately 14 acres of land on county Route 19, between county Route 8 and Hapeman Road. George Osborne, a local resident, told the town board last week 100 people met the previous Sunday and the consensus among the group was to oppose and prevent the company from gaining permission to mine. Osborne said, “People have fliers out, they’ve spoken to attorneys, major opposition is in the works.” Martin Hoffman, a member of the Twin Lakes Improvement Association, said he was glad the moratorium would be considered, but said he was afraid it would apply only to new applications, not to pending ones, like Red Wing’s. Hoffman said there are four or five gravel mines currently in operation in Livingston, but they are “mom and pop operations,” he said. Those companies mine maybe 100 yards a day, but Red Wing, would take out 1,000 yards a day, Hoffman said. And while the town says Red Wing's application applies to only 14.3 acres, according to the company's land use plan, the area to be mined is 114 acres. Red Wing President Frank Doherty will discuss the project at a meeting of the Columbia County Planning Board tonight (Tue., Aug. 16) at 401 State St. in Hudson. Read the full story in the Register-Star.