Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Little Falls Town Board Tables Action on Sand Mine for Sixty Days, Eyes Moratorium

The Town Board of Little Falls last week decided to table action on an application from Onalaska-based Mathy Construction to build a 100-acre sand mine. Town chair Don Herr and the two other voting members of the town board, Bryan Olsen and Steve Matthews said there some points of disagreement in the application so they wanted to table the matter for further consideration. They first asked Mathy if the company would mind the town tabled the matter and Mathy agreed. Mathy is asking the county to postpone a county zoning hearing about the sand mine.
Mathy is applying for a conditional use permit that would allow it to use the land, currently zoned for general agriculture and general forestry, for a mine.
Separately, the town board circulated a proposed moratorium on sand mining. Herr said that the Mathy request has to be dealt with before the town can enact the moratorium since its request for its proposed sand mine came before the town considered a moratorium. The town will consider the moratorium at next month's meeting.

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