Hours of op­er­a­tion for Bridgetown at Ingleside ready for ex­pan­sion

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — In an un­prece­dented oc­cur­rence of a pub­lic hear­ing, a sand and gravel min­ing ex­trac­tion ap­peared be­fore the Queen Anne’s County Plan­ning Commission with­out pub­lic com­ment. Bridgetown De­vel­op­ment Co. LLC, lo­cated at 1720 Bridgetown Road in Ingleside, pro­posed to change the hours of op­er­a­tion.

Bridgetown Sand and Gravel re­quested to con­duct min­ing op­er­a­tions from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30, es­sen­tially ex­tend­ing their ex­trac­tion hours by one hour in the morn­ing and two in the evening. No truck­ing op­er­a­tions would be con­ducted dur­ing this time.

The re­quest to ex­tend the hours of op­er­a­tion for min­ing ex­trac­tion is, ac­cord­ing to James Gawthrop of Bridgetown De­vel­op­ment Co., an ef­fort to meet their de­mands for prod­uct with­out adding a sec­ond trench and po­ten­tially cre­at­ing more dis­tur­bance.

The ap­pli­cant (Bridgetown) sup­plied to the county noise stud­ies — demon­strat­ing com­pli­ance with noise re­quire­ments, show­ing they were con­sis­tently be­low the state rec­om­mended ac­cept­able level of deci­bels. The ap­pli­cant also was able to demon­strate with aerial pho­tos that trucks are pro­vided am­ple area to queue within the par­cel and not rel­e­gated to wait­ing in line along the road way.

Holly Tomp­kins, de­vel­op­ment re­view prin­ci­pal plan­ner for Plan­ning and Zon­ing, praised Bridgetown for pre­par­ing in ad­vance such ad­e­quate doc­u­men­ta­tion to her de­part­ment and main­tain­ing com­pli­ance. The com­pany set forth a good ex­am­ple for other sim­i­lar op­er­a­tions in the county, she said.

The Plan­ning Commission is­sued a fa­vor­able rec­om­men­da­tion to the Board of Ap­peals based in part on find­ing that the op­er­a­tion meets the state noise com­pli­ance.

Un­re­lated to this re­quest, Chris Drum­mond, at­tor­ney ad­vis­ing to the Plan­ning Commission, noted his con­cern that the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works does re­ceive do­na­tions of sand from min­ing op­er­a­tions in the county. Drum­mond said his con­cern is that it be con­strued as quid pro quo.

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