County finds no Bing pit violations
Douglas County administrators say they’ve researched the complaints residents made about a Gardnerville quarry and found no violations, but will be watching to ensure other conditions are met.
Residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the Bing Materials pit on Kimmerling Road had accused the operators of violating several conditions of a special use permit. They protested a decision by the Douglas County planning commission in April that will allow expansion of the pit, saying the facility generates excessive dust and noise and wasn’t meeting conditions of an existing permit.
Community Development Director Bob Nunes said an inquiry showed no noise violations, and Bing is meeting special use permit requirements. But he also said the department will enforce a July 14 deadline for a complete reclamation plan.
“We’ve told (Bing) unequivocally there are no extensions on this,” said Nunes, emphasizing the plan must address all of the issues brought up during earlier meetings.
Residents had voiced concerns about the reclamation plan, saying financial security hadn’t been provided and worrying the county could be left with the bill for rehabilitating the pit when it is exhausted.
One, Dave D’Amico, said he’s still worried about the reclamation plan but is satisfied with the county review. The report, which lists a series of new conditions, is on file with the county.