BLOSSBURG - About two dozen residents met at the fire hall to discuss their concerns about how a proposed quarry in Hamilton Township, just south of the borough, would affect borough roads and water supplies.
Because the proposed quarry on 39 acres owned by the Signor brothers would be in Hamilton Township, if the permit applied for by Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. is granted, there technically is nothing the borough can do to stop it, said council President Tom Bogaczyk.
"The only thing we can say anything about is their proposed ingress and egress at William B. Street," he said.
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This is an access road that leads to property where a quarry is proposed.
Borough Manager George Lloyd read a letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of District Mining Operations geologist John Mital, noting that council's concerns about its water supplies at Bellman Run and Baldwin Run and the borough's roads at the quarry's access point were "under review."
The only other access would be up a steep hill past the gun club in Hamilton Township, which is not easily traversed, especially in winter.
But representatives from the two entities, Hawbaker and DEP, could not be in attendance at Wednesday's meeting.
Instead, they have agreed to meet with residents at the fire hall Nov. 13.
The meeting will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the first hour for questions and answers and the last two hours for sworn testimony from residents, Bogaczyk said.
DEP also will accept statements by mail from residents postmarked no later than Friday.
"Be prepared at the next meeting with your questions in writing," he said. "I might suggest you zero in on safety and the water situation. There's not a whole lot we can do to keep them off state roads, but we can express concerns," he added.