Dig­ging deep for a profit

Com­mis­sion­ers ap­prove per­mit for river dredg­ing; busi­ness says it will clean out river, con­trol floods

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON

A dred­ing op­er­a­tion will be­gin again on a por­tion of the South River in New­ton County, af­ter the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a per­mit at its meet­ing Tues­day night.

Dan Schildt, the owner of South­east River Sand, re­quested the per­mit to restart op­er­a­tions of his com­mer­cial sand dredg­ing busi­ness.

He said the op­er­a­tion would take place at 900 But­ler Bridge Road at a por­tion of the South River in New­ton and Henry coun­ties. Schildt told com­mis­sion­ers sand dredg­ing would help clean out the river, lower sand lev­els which would help con­trol floods, and cre­ate deeper wa­ter for recre­ational use.

“It’s just pump­ing sand out of the river and sell­ing it for re­tail to busi­nesses and cus­tomers and some to the pub­lic,” Schildt said. “It cleans the river be­cause all the trash that’s in the river that [we] pump out, we do not put it back in.”

Scott Sirotkin, di­rec­tor of the New­ton County Depart­ment of De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices, said the land was about eight acres in size and lo­cated in Dis­trict 2 of the county. He said the area was zoned as agri­cul­ture and Simmons In­vest­ment Hold­ings was the prop­erty owner.

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter of in­tent from Schildt to the New­ton County Depart­ment of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment, the busi­ness plans to op­er­ate Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur­days. In the let­ter, Schildt said the busi­ness would only be open on Satur­days from late spring through early fall.

Schildt told the board of com­mis­sion­ers that there was very lit­tle truck traf­fic in­volved with

See Dredg­ing, 3A

his op­er­a­tion and that there were no homes or busi­nesses within 800 feet of the area.

“We hope to sell be­tween 15,000 and 25,000 tons a year. Re­al­is­ti­cally, it’s prob- ably go­ing to be less than that,” Schildt said. “[That’ll] amount to three or four truck loads a week that will be com­ing out of there.”

Schildt said his sand dredg­ing op­er­a­tion has been at the But­ler Bridge Road site since 2001, but ceased op­er­a­tions for a year. He said he wants to re-start his com­mer­cial busi­ness to continue sell­ing sand to area busi­nesses and to the pub­lic. Schildt did not say why his busi­ness stopped oper­at­ing for a year. Though the con­di­tional use per­mit was ap­proved by the board of com­mis­sion­ers, Schildt also has to get ap­proval from Henry County to dredge the por­tion of the river in that county.

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