Eddington selectmen move forward with quarry moratorium

Community members gather around drawings depicting the lay out and plans for a proposed quarry in the town of Eddington before the start of a public meeting to allow Hughes Brothers to submit plans and to allow public comment on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Community members gather around drawings depicting the lay out and plans for a proposed quarry in the town of Eddington before the start of a public meeting to allow Hughes Brothers to submit plans and to allow public comment on Thursday, Feb. 27. Buy Photo
Posted March 16, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.

EDDINGTON, Maine — As planners continue to review an application to open a rock quarry on Fox Hill, a petition for a six-month moratorium on quarries also is moving forward to provide town leaders time to create local rules regarding their operation.

The public hearing on the proposed quarry moratorium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 1 at Eddington Elementary School, and a special town meeting on the moratorium will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 8, again at the school.

Weather postponed the last planning board meeting, so the 5- to 20-acre rock quarry application from Hughes Bros. Inc., a Hampden-based earthwork contractor, was placed on the March 27 agenda, Town Manager Russell Smith said Friday.

Hughes’ first application, for a 10-acre quarry, was denied by the Eddington Planning Board in October, after a two-hour review. A crowd arrived at the last planner’s meeting, which featured 1 hour and 45 minutes of presentations by Hughes Bros., followed by complaints from residents about safety, noise and dust.

In other Eddington news, local election forms for those interested in running for town selectman or the school board are available Monday. Two selectmen seats and one on the RSU 63 board are up for grabs during the June elections.

 

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