Gravel pit project coming back to Planning Board

By Daniel Dunkle | Oct 18, 2016
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle South Thomaston residents voice concerns Sept. 29 over a proposed gravel pit.

South Thomaston — The Planning Board will continue discussion of the proposal to reopen a gravel pit on St. George Road during its meeting Thursday, Oct. 20.

The meeting starts 7 p.m. at Town Office.

Vice Chairman Jeffrey Northgraves said the board is not going to decide on the project that night. The board has asked the applicant for more information. He said there may be another public hearing and the board may take a final vote on the project in November.

Curtis Adolphsen of Union told the board at its last meeting about his plans to extract gravel from an old pit at 532 St. George Road on property owned by Jean Young and her son, Max Young.

At the last meeting a number of neighbors and residents expressed concerns about potential for blasting at the site, noise, dust, health problems and dropping property values.

Adolphsen did not rule out rock-crushing or blasting operations at the pit.

Northgraves said that since this has been proposed, some abutters in town have come forward saying they were not notified. He said the town had attempted to inform all abutters, but missed some by mistake and is now working to correct that, adding the town wants everyone informed and involved in the process. He said the town ordinance does not require it to specifically inform all abutters in writing.

Residents William and Sandra Atwood have hired attorney Patrick Mellor of Strout & Payson to represent their interests in this matter. He has provided the Planning Board with a summary of thoughts on the meeting that took place.

Mellor urged the board at the meeting to impose conditions on the project such as hours of operation, number of vehicle trips per day, protections for the aquifer and measures to deal with the dust.

The Planning Board's November meeting is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Town Office.

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.

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