County renews Pumphrey mining company's permit
A 10-year-old sand and gravel business can continue mining a site in densely populated Pumphrey, Robert C. Wilcox, county administrative hearing officer has ruled.
Mr. Wilcox renewed a special exception for Joseph J. Hock Inc., to mine aggregates on 23 acres of land zoned for light-industrial use south of East Thomas Avenue and east of Pebble Drive.
Mr. Wilcox also granted a variance to permit mining as close as 15 feet to Terrace View Mobile Estates -- 270 feet closer to a dwelling and 85 feet closer to a property line than normally allowed.
The company agreed to build earthen berms and plant evergreen trees along its eastern border to buffer the mine from the trailer park. The resident of the mobile home closest to the business testified in favor of the proposal.
Because the mine is bordered on two sides by the former Belle Grove sand and gravel mine and by an industrial site, the hearing officer also agreed to allow less fencing than normally required. But he denied Hock's request to dig deeper than the permitted 50 feet below grade.
The company has safely mined the property for more than a decade and is considered a good neighbor, Mr. Wilcox said.
The company estimates it will excavate the remaining 200,000 cubic yards of aggregates in two or three years.
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