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Company seeks to reopen mine

Glenville residents express concern over potential community impacts

— A Rotterdam company is looking to dig into a sand and gravel mine in Glenville after it has remained dormant for decades.

The Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, June 11, unanimously voted to give a positive recommendation to the Zoning Board of Appeals on William Larned & Sons, Inc.’s proposal to reactivate a former sand and gravel mine. The project would include reclamation of the property and a portion of the adjacent Scotia Sand & Stone-owned property.

The proposal would involve mining 3.2 acres located off Vley Road, immediately west of the National Grid overhead transmission lines. In order to proceed, the Zoning Board of Appeals must grant a use variance since the property is zoned Suburban Residential.

“There is little use other than mining at this spot,” commission member Mark Storti said.

The mine has not been operational since the 1970s, according to Paul Buzash, consultant for Larned. The company purchased the property in 1997, but nothing was done at the site, Buzash said.

He said the “demand is not there” to be aggressively mining the site and hauling out "huge loads" each day. He said Larned just wants a return on his investment.

The company would access the site from Vley Road to build an access road to the mine. Once the road is built, mining vehicles would leave on land acquired from Scotia Sand & Stone.

Resident Mary Rainey said her father, Pete Zobre, lives near the mining site and she expressed concerns about what would happen after the mining operation concludes.

“These pits get left with fences that then get broken down and then people that don’t want to pay to have their garbage removed come and use it as a trash dump," Rainey said. "The aquifer is wide open down there."

Zobre, however, said he is not worried about the project and understands there is little use for the site other than mining.

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