Halifax officials continue discussion on quarry project


HALIFAX -- The town's Planning Commission has yet to take a stance regarding the proposed quarry project. Instead, the permitting process continues to be explored.

Town Attorney Bob Fisher attended the joint commission and Selectboard meeting held on May 1.

"(Fisher) had the Act 250 paperwork in front of him but he didn't look at it from cover to cover," said Halifax Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner. "There's a lot there."

There were about 12 to 15 people who also attended the meeting, Sumner told the Reformer.

As of that night, the local permit application the commission will potentially review was not yet submitted. The application form was sent out by Town Clerk Patricia Dow after Act 250 paperwork was received.

According to Sumner, the commission wanted to know what it could and could not do during the hearings as some of its members had not been through a local permit process that involved an Act 250 permit. The commission alone will handle hearings if the permit application is submitted, although the Selectboard and the Halifax Fire Department are also listed as interested parties in the Act 250 permit.

In February, the Selectboard expressed concern with the Act 250 process during early discussions about the proposed project when a storm water discharge permit for the project was listed as a public notice.

As of May 5, Sumner said there were no plans to put the project on an agenda for an upcoming board meeting. But that did not mean it would not come up.

"We don't know. You never know," he said.

Concerns could be brought up at any time during public comment as many residents oppose having a quarry in town. The Selectboard has not expressed any concerns having to do with the project.

"We haven't got that far yet really. We have to see where things go and how they come along," said Sumner.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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