Eddington quarry project’s public hearing postponed until February

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.

EDDINGTON, Maine — A controversial plan to open a quarry on Fox Hill that was shot down by the planning board in October is back before the panel. But a scheduled Thursday public hearing on the second application has been postponed, Town Manager Russell Smith said Wednesday.

“The public hearing has been canceled for tomorrow night but will be held in February,” Smith said. “Hughes Bros. has asked to continue it for another date.”

The planning board is meeting Thursday night and will table the issue, Smith said.

Hughes Bros. Inc., a Hampden earthwork contractor, has put in a second application to operate a 10-acre ledge quarry on Fox Hill. The second application is similar in scope to the first application but includes a new entrance, Smith said.

Plans to open a quarry on Fox Hill first came before the Planning Board in June, when resident Frank Arisimeek said he wanted to operate it with Sargent Corp. as part of the Veazie Dam removal project, according to town documents.

Arisimeek’s initial plan was to harvest rock from up to an acre of his 5-acre property and that the quarry would be removed when the dam project was done. The board issued a permit for that proposal. Sargent Corp., however, backed out of its plan and Arisimeek sold his land to Hughes.

The plan Hughes Bros. submitted has generated some controversy in the community, especially from those who live on nearby Fox Lane and Coffey Hill Way.

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