Seventy-five town of Little Falls residents crowded into the town hall Wednesday night to hear the town board reject the request of Mathy Construction Company (Milestone Materials), La Crosse, for a conditional use permit to operate a hundred-acre sand mine in Little Falls. Town Chair Don Herr and Supervisor Steve Mathews voted for denial. Supervisor Bryan Olsen dissented.
A number of issues were listed as basis for recommending denial of a CUP to the Monroe County Sanitation, Planning & Zoning Committee. Objections include potential environmental damage to groundwater and surface waters; undefined hours of mining operations and trucking; number of trucks in use; noise, dust and lighting control; use of Township roads, access to site and aesthetic concerns.
The County Zoning Committee, the body which issues conditional use permits. will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the Rolling Hills Auditorium to consider the Mathy request. At that meeting the Town Board will recommend that the County Committee deny a CUP for Mathy.
La Crosse Atty. Thomas J. Kieffer, retained by the Board, said that should the Committee fail to accept its recommendation the Town will have an opportunity to challenge the County Zoning Committee decision.