HANNIBAL — A public hearing will be held regarding another gravel mine on Harris Hill Road in Hannibal.
The town Planning Board will meet at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Hannibal Municipal Building, 824 County Route 34, to discuss the special use permit for B.T. & T. Inc. to establish a mining operation at 541 Harris Hill Road.
The project is roughly a quarter of a mile from a controversial gravel mine at 485 Harris Hill Road.
Bradley Townsend, the president of B.T. & T. Inc. and owner of the property at 541 Harris Hill Road, said the two gravel mines are not related, and wouldn’t give details on the project Sunday.
“If you have any questions you should come to the public hearing,” Townsend said.
In August, nearly 50 residents crowded the town hall to air grievances against the 5.8 acre gravel mine at 485 Harris Hill Road, owned by David Emmons and operated by W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating. The complaints ranged from environmental and noise pollution impacts to the generation of excess traffic.
Michael Fogel, an attorney representing W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating, said at the hearing the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviewed the site plan and determined it “won’t have significant impact on the environment.” He added that noise would be minimized through the use of muffling machinery.
The controversial mine and the handling of the situation prompted four members of the planning board to resign in July. They alleged the town overlooked zoning laws and code enforcement provisions.
Michael LaFurney, the chairman of the planning board, could not be reached for comment.