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April 11, 2013

Town sends letter to Lafarge

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Town of Lockport has sent a letter to Lafarge North America with questions about how their expansion plans will affect residents on Hinman Road.

“A major concern of the Town of Lockport, which has consistently been made known to Lafarge’s representative, is the welfare of area residents, including the population which lives along Murphy Road,” the letter states. 

In the letter, Supervisor Marc R. Smith asks a series of questions revolving around the public’s well-being and the need for Lafarge’s expansion. It also asks the company about compensating for damages and keeping the area cleaned up.

The reason for the letter is to start a dialogue, the supervisor said.

”It’s made up of questions from residents,” Smith said. “And we’re expecting to get answers.”

Perry Galdenzi, the Lockport area manager for the quarry, said Lafarge is preparing a written response to the questions Town of Lockport’s letter.

“Our goal is to have a response to the board’s letter in approximately 10 to 14 days,” said Jeff Thornburg, Lafarge Mid-Atlantic region environmental manager, in an email.

The Town Board decided on Dec. 26 to amend its zoning ordinance to allow Lafarge to mine on a strip of land about 162 feet wide and 4,000 feet long. The change cuts in half the current 300-foot buffer between the edge of the quarry and the north edge of Hinman Road.

Lafarge has also purchased property south of Hinman Road, where the company plans to expand its mining operations, which is mentioned in the town’s letter.

Mining is not allowed in the town, with the exception of the Lafarge quarry, which was grandfathered in when the ordinance took effect in 2005.

At board meetings in February and March a group of residents protested the Lafarge expansion. Speakers said often their homes are shaken or property is damaged allegedly due to blasting at the quarry.

Some residents are considering legal action, although the town has not received anything formal yet, Smith said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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