Lehigh Portland won't be blocking neighbors' view 1,000-foot berm isn't going to be built as a result of objections by some NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

August 31, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Lehigh Portland Cement Co. will not build an earthen berm designed to shield its planned mining operation from view of residents along Old New Windsor Road because of objections from some residents.

Carroll's commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to approve the change.

Several people who live along Old New Windsor Road south of Greenwood Church Road said they do not want a 1,000-foot-long, 6-foot-high berm blocking their view of the valley there, said David Duree and Linda Cunfer of the New Windsor Community Action Project.

A double ridge in the area will provide "natural screening" of the mining operation, Mr. Duree said.

Lehigh, which has a plant and quarry in Union Bridge, owns 720 acres between Route 31 and Old New Windsor Road, about two miles southwest of New Windsor.

The company has state approval to begin work on 186 acres, which will include a 66-acre quarry.

Eventually, the company says, it wants to expand the mining operation to about 300 acres.

Mr. Duree and Ms. Cunfer asked the county commissioners yesterday to OK the site plan change.

Residents had requested the change with a petition two years ago, Mr. Duree said.

Lehigh Plant Manager David H. Roush said that the company would agree not to build the berm if it didn't have to go through a lengthy process to change its site plan.

Approval for the original site plan took a year, Mr. Roush said.

The commissioners agreed to contact the county Planning Commission, which approved the original site plan, about the change.

Lehigh is building other berms, and doing landscaping and other work at the site now, Mr. Roush said.

Quarrying will not begin until next year, he said.

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