Expansion for Quarry Approved
Brandon - The Brandon board of zoning adjustment
has granted a conditional use permit to OMYA, Inc. to
allow expansion of its marble quarry near the Smoke
Rise Campground on Route 7.
The permit will allow OMYA to begin extracting
marble from the Rivers family land and dispose waste
rock on land owned by the Rivers and Cousineau
families. OMYA officials have said this extension of
the operation will add five to six years to the life
of the quarry.
In all, about 30 acres will be involved in the
A possible conflict with federal laws designed to
protect wetlands was resolved in the company's plan,
which the zoning board's permit said "allows a 50-foot
setback from all wetlands or streams."
The board attached the following conditions to
its approval this week: "The quarry road will be
black topped and crowned to the gate" to keep dust
from being tracked onto Route 7.
There will be an 8-foot chain link fence topped
with barbed wire around the quarry.
Truck loads "must be covered off site or loaded
so as not to spill while en route."
OMYA must maintain the natural course of water
run off onto neighboring properties.
OMYA must present a reclamation plan to the
zoning board six months before it begins any
reclamation on the Rivers or Cousineau property.
After the quarry on the Rivers property has been
in operation for five years, OMYA must present a final
plan for site reclamation.
Board chairman Linda Carlson said of the company,
"They've been very, very cooperative."