WINNSBORO — To avoid two public hearings, the Department of Health and Environmental Control has called of its July 24 public hearing regarding the proposed rock quarry — Winnsboro Crushed Stone — in Fairfield County.
Project Manager Joe Koon, Division of Mining and Solid Waste Management, wrote in a letter to Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope on June 9.
The letter was to follow up on a phone conversation in regards to Fairfield County’s request for a public hearing on the Winnsboro Crushed Stone application for a rock quarry.
The application was dated May 15.
“At this time the department will delay scheduling the public hearing to allow the applicant time to submit the air and water permit applications for the quarry,” Koon wrote.
After review, the department will then schedule the public hearing and representative will be available to answer questions about the permits.
Middle Six (District 7) resident Clarence Pauling has lived in the community his entire life and has bought land near the proposed quarry for his family. He noted the damage a rock quarry could do to surrounding residents.
“This quarry is not welcome,” he said. “I’ve had uncles that have died from working the mill due to bad heart and lungs. I know that the rock quarry will have dust that does the same kind of thing to the same kind of people. I just want to live in peace. We don’t need the rock quarry in Fairfield County. It’s not necessary. My heart is in my home. I love where I live or else I would have moved away a long time ago. This rock quarry is going to destroy my community. Please don’t let them destroy my neighborhood. I love my neighbors. This thing will kill us.”
Pope explained and emphasized that the county cannot construct a vote that would “stop” Winnsboro Crushed Stone from opening a rock quarry and that the application and approval is a state process that is run the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
In other business, council will purchase a fire truck that came in $1,277 over budget. The fire truck was originally budgeted for $300,000. Despite the bid coming in over budget, Pope noted that council did not have to vote to approve the expenditure since it had already been approved.