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Public Hearing about Duininck Gravel Mine Proposal in Renville County
August 27, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Duininck Inc. is requesting a variance to mine gravel less than 1000 ft from the Minnesota River in Renville County. There is a public hearing at 8:30 am on Thursday, August 27th, in Olivia, and all interested parties are invited to attend.
Duininck Inc. controls a little less than 20 acres in the Sacred Heart South Township, and while they have ignored that particular parcel for years, they are now planning to reopen the gravel mine. Surrounding areas are Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program land vibrant with wildlife, and the historical Joseph R. Brown Wayside Park is only a half-mile away. The pit is also in the Minnesota River floodplain, and, according to locals in the area, floods frequently.
Although this mine would clearly impact many of us, only 4 nearby landowners were notified of the upcoming public hearing. Fortunately one of them notified CURE, and now we are getting the word out.
According to Renville County Ordinance (Chapter Seven, Section 2.7), an Interim Use Permit for a new or expanded mining operation can only be granted if the property is at least 20 acres in size. As Duininck only owns or has a permanent easement on 16.98 acres, Duininck cannot reopen this gravel mine without receiving a variance from the County Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The meetings of the Renville County Board of Adjustment and Appeals are public, and interested persons can be heard during the meetings.
While the staff of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals have duly noted that the ordinance requiring that mining parcels be at least 20 acres was in place before Duininck bought the property, Duininck insists that they did not know about this provision. This sounds like a lack of due diligence and respect for the community where Duininck hopes to extract resources.
If you can join us at the meeting, please do. Even if you can’t, please share this news with friends and acquaintances in the area. It’s just not right that these decisions can be made with minimal citizen input.
Public Hearing Time and Location:
Thursday, August 27th at 8:30 am
Renville County Government Services Center
105 South 5th Street, Suites 312/313
Olivia, MN 56277