Should town of Milton approve gravel pit?
No doubt, B.R. Amon & Sons of Elkhorn has agreed to plenty of limits on a proposed gravel pit off Klug Road in Milton Township. It has done so to appease residents, including officials from Camp Waconda, a youth summer camp just up the quiet rural road.
For example, Amon says it will build an access road directly to County N to the north and only put truck traffic on Klug to build that road, not to haul gravel. It would limit speeds on the access road to reduce dust. It has dropped plans to wash gravel and mix concrete. Without those, it won’t need to dig wells that might drain available groundwater. It agreed to limit operations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. It wouldn’t fill adjacent marsh and would protect those areas with silt fences or dirt berms. It would bond a reclamation plan to replace topsoil and restore the land to agricultural use.
Nonetheless, neighboring opponents have organized and gotten 300 signatures on a petition. They vow a legal fight.
Are neighbors waging a lost war given the many conditions Amon would follow, or do they still have legitimate concerns?
This will be the subject of The Gazette’s editorial Wednesday.