For the second time this month, the Town of Farmington and Village of Osceola board held a joint meeting to discuss the latest revisions to Farmington’s mine ordinance.
Held on July 28, some of the newest changes include dealing with hours of operation. The site could be open between the hours of 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays for purposes of loading and pick up of retail materials only. During the week, the hours of operation will be no earlier than 6 a.m. and not later than 7 p.m. The first hour will be a “soft start” and will not include operation of heavy or loud equipment such as crushers.
Another change included commercial trucks, semi-trucks, dump trucks or similar heavy vehicles entering or leaving the site shall be limited to 12 hours a day Mondays through Fridays not earlier than 6 a.m. and not later than 6 p.m.
Buffers were also discussed during the meeting. The ordinance states a buffer will be measured horizontally from the right-of-way line, of 100 feet along township roads and 200 feet along state highway and county roads, and a buffer area of 50 feet along property lines.
The next change involved groundwater. The ordinance now states one or more test wells may be required to be installed and maintained if recommended by the Town’s hydrologist.
Finally, when it comes to annual reviews, no later than March 1 of each calendar year, the Operator shall submit an annual report to the Town Board for all active and intermittent mining sites for which the Operator has a license in the Town.
Like the previous meeting, this meeting featured little discord between the two boards.