At the first Public Hearing on the Kittridge pit expansion permit on September 27, attendees had little opportunity to voice their opinions. On November 9, Lamoine’s public will be able to tell their side. Will the new pit “preserve and enhance the landscape”? Will it “result in unsafe or unhealthful conditions”, “result in water pollution” or “adversely affect surrounding properties”? All these criteria are in our Planning Board’s checklist and Lamoine citizens will let them know how they feel at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 9, at the Lamoine School.
One of the claims by the MacQuinn attorney at the first hearing was that no one has complained about uncovered loads of gravel coming out of the Kittridge pit. This was refuted by two audience members. One had complained to the wrong authority and another had his complaint misplaced at Town Hall. It was pointed out how difficult it is to make a special trip to Town Hall to fill out a form only to have it lost or ignored. For that reason we now have the Town of Lamoine Complaint Form in our Document Vault in the middle column.
I had an experience where i fought the aggregate sand pit in another state , plant called Limecrest, and educated the town on the problems of sand silicosis dust dangerous to the environment and how it destroys plant life, water and lungs, effects the human health overall. I would suggest you start to research the long term effects. Crushing stone, digging sand emits particles so fine that you don’t even notice how it enters lungs or you bring it into house. Lamoine is nice but has anyone done a research on lung cancer or any other ailments associtated to pit.
We have done some research. The type of sand in Lamoine does not have a high silicon content, as it is from a glacial source of crushed rock. The source of sand has a lot to do with how it acts and the chemistry around it. It is not the kind of sand that flows well and is not uniform in size like sand around the Great Lakes, Wisconsin and such. There is a lot of variation in sand.
The Planning Board had to use the old rules to consider this application. FOL maintains that the Appeals Board should use the new ordinances in its De Novo review.