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Public Hearing on East Granby Quarry Continued to Feb. 5

Hearing was originally scheduled for Jan. 15.

The following is a press release

On July 12th for a 75 acre parcel south toward Hatchet Hill Rd. Phase III of the Quarry Expansion south will be for approximately half of the approved quarry zone area and will include clearing of 22.9 acres and excavation of 17.6 acres.

For the last 2 years Galasso has been putting together their application to expand the Quarry. 

The public hearing for the Quarry Expansion inland wetland application opened on Dec. 4 and has been continued per applicant’s request to Feb. 5 meeting at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Public Hearing Room. The meeting was originally scheduled 
to continue to the Jan. 15, but the applicant is requesting more time to revise plans per commission and staff comments.

Please take note of the change of venue from the Community Center to the Town Hall Public Hearing Room.

At this meeting residents will have a chance to speak and make public comment on the application. Comments can be received by the commission either in person or in writing. 

Residents interested in reviewing the application prior to the Inland Wetland Commission can stop by the Building Department to view the proposed application.
At this point an application has not been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission for the proposed Quarry Expansion.

Residents should try to keep in mind that application to the Inland Wetland Commission will be centered around the proposed Quarry Expansion impact on the wetlands and any work being proposed with the upland review area (100ft to the wetlands).

This means comments should be limited to concerns of proposed activities may have on the adjacent wetlands and all other issues will be addressed when Galasso makes application for Special Exception to the Planning and 
Zoning Commission.

Feel free to contact the Director of Community Development Gary Haynes 
at 860-653-3444 or via email at garyh@egtownhall.com with any questions you may have regarding the application or public hearing process.

Paul Bahre January 10, 2014 at 08:09 AM
If the town is not going to honor private ownership rights to do with this land what they want, then maybe the people against this should pony up and purchase the land. Otherwise we should allow it and tax it accordingly. Seeing that we don't have much of a commercial tax base as it is...
Gail Reiner January 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Paul, I respect your opinion however I believe you are forgetting the exposure to our town by allowing Galasso to do as they will without having a reclamation plan and bonding in place. East Granby will pay out huge sums of money should Galasso leave without such reclamation in place paid for by Galasso. Our town does not currently benefit enough from this huge company who pays less than 2% of our annual budget per year in taxes. This expansion without bonding for reclamation will forever change East Granby. Who is leading the vision for our town? Galasso or East Granby residents?
Paul Bahre January 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM
I"m sorry I got this confused with an effort here in Granby. My mistake. Of course they need to come up with bonding and a reclamation plan. That should go with out saying.
Gail Reiner January 12, 2014 at 02:46 PM
I agree it should go without saying, however the EG P&Z Board seems not to be awake to the obvious. Let's hope they can show the fiscal responsibility needed to save the town from future financial implications from an LLC leading them along with Galasso's best interest versus the town's best interest.

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