Residents meet at Painted Rock Mine

Residents gather to discuss the Painted Rock Mine project on Johnson Lane.

GoI wish Morning Johnson Lanners,

On May 22, an impromptu meeting was held on the colored rock mine project at Tony Court Roundabout.

Nearly 40 community members met to discuss the impact of the project on the Johnson Lane community. If you are not familiar with the project, please go to www.protect-johnson-lane–stop-gravel-pit.com. In a quick nutshell, this project will establish a gravel quarry located off the Sunrise Pass Road where the famous colored boulder is located to the left of the road.

The parcel is owned by a trustee and managed under the authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The trustee entered into an agreement with Knox Excavation to mine the parcel for a period of 35-40 years.

The group meeting at the Toni Court Roundabout strongly opposes the path proposed by Knox Excavation in their environmental assessment. One of the most eye-catching statements I gleaned from the meeting was that the majority of trucks transporting gravel may not be operated or controlled by the Knox Excavation. Knox will operate the site; Carriers will not be subject to any controls set by Knox Excavation.

Several residents have raised several points of contention regarding environmental assessment. One is related to the noise level as the rating indicates that the noise of a heavy truck is no more than 1.5 dB than that of a normal large semi truck. AJ brought up the fact that it doesn’t address the fact that the 170 truckload backlog is repeated over 12 hours which is the problem and not the only noise for a single truck. Residents view public safety as a primary issue; But he saw little, if any, mitigation in the EA. The BIA looks only at the site itself and not the path and impact it will have on society. AJ talked to the school district about the school bus stopping along the way. After several attempts, the answer received was that the area would simply move bus stops off Johnson Lane. Additionally, other safety concerns of the mix of heavy duty trucks with recreational vehicles such as dirt bikes and side-by-sides have been expressed at BLM. It is very likely that such an accident will lead to death.

Several other concerns were presented including damage to Johnson Lane and the intersection at 395, which was not designed with large heavy trucks in mind for access to the acceleration lane. There have been many deaths along 395 recently and it is feared that 170 trucks, per day, will greatly increase the risks of vehicles navigating this intersection. Ron Conway spoke at the BOCC meeting regarding the appointment of Johnson Lane as a collector. Mr. Conway stated that Johnson Lane between Fremont and the BLM entry, “is not classified by the state at all”. Furthermore, he noted that the board has the authority to limit weight and reach along this part of the road. He gave numerous examples of other roads in the county that already had such limits. In addition, there was great concern that home values ​​would be negatively affected by the quarrying process. This will be especially true for homeowners located directly on Johnson Lane and near the mining operation.

The meeting lasted about two hours. Luckily, there were cookies, brownies and iced tea. The question is what will come next? Public comment ends at 11:59 PM on May 31. If you should see this article, please go to the website http://paintedrockmineea.com/contact-us and leave your comment. Please be reasonable and not emotional.

One action plan is to seek the assistance of a law firm to file a claim to claim a change of course outside of our residential area.

Residents are concerned about the fact that the county doesn’t think they can do anything to stop the truck route through Johnson Lane.

I haven’t heard anyone say anything offensive or racist towards the trustees themselves. Residents want to change course away from Johnson Lane and are not trying to turn off the site itself. EA stated that creating alternative routes is not economically feasible for the applicant. In the county’s response to the BIA, they ask for an alternate road to be established. It is not the duty of the residents of Johnson Lane, or the residents of the county or county itself, to make this business economically viable.

What can you do? Go to the Painted Rock website and give your feedback. In addition, email county officers and commissioners, and call congressional representatives to communicate your concerns and issues regarding the direction of this project.

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