Bond Agreement On Tap

June 26, 1991

The Board of County Commissioners plans to finalize a bond agreementbetween the county and Lehigh Portland Cement Co. for a new quarry in New Windsor by July 5.

Monday, lawyers for the county, Lehigh and the New Windsor Citizens Action Project discussed the agreement forabout 2 1/2 hours.

The former board of commissioners, which left office in December,had signed the agreement, but Lehigh asked that the document, calledan indenture, be renegotiated.

"We need to be as fair as we can to both sides," said Commissioner President Donald I. Dell.

NEWCAP lawyer Clark R. Shaffer of Westminster said the new version of the agreement, which was submitted by Lehigh's attorney, leaves open the possibility for the company to claim the county cannot change the zoning on land it owns near New Windsor.

Lehigh owns about 750 acres between Route 31 and Old New Windsor Road, about two miles southwest ofNew Windsor. The state has given its OK to begin construction on theinitial phase of its mining plan, a 186-acre plot with a 66-acre quarry. The indenture must be signed before the company may begin work on the site.

The company has plans to expand the area it will use for the mining operation to about 300 acres, including a 132-acre pit.

The county plans to adopt a comprehensive mining plan later this year which would dictate which land would be eligible for mining. It's possible the plan would preclude mining on the northern part of Lehigh's property, Shaffer said. Lehigh attorneys deleted mention of theplan in the indenture.

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