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Special hearing set on Bing pit permit

by Jeff Munson

A group of homeowners who live near a Gardnerville Ranchos quarry will ask Douglas County commissioners to shut down the quarry because they claim the owner has violated conditions of a special use permit.

After voicing their concerns about the Bing Construction pit for more than a year, the group will get the hearing it wanted over claims the Community Development Department has known the quarry hasn’t complied with the conditions.

“What we’ve had is years of violations and years of cover up,” said Robert Havranek, president of the Pleasantview Homeowners Association.

The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Douglas County administration building in Minden.

At their Jan. 4 meeting, the commissioners authorized an independent engineer to survey the pit and see if it is in compliance. In January, R.O. Anderson Engineering Inc. was hired to do the survey.

At issue are three ponds the homeowners complain are at depths that could penetrate the groundwater table. Havranek contends the depths of the pond go 35 to 40 feet deeper than what is permitted.

“There is a very strong possibility that one of these days wells could be contaminated,” Havranek said.

In a report to the commission, the engineer found the depths of the ponds are in compliance with the special use permit and found no groundwater contamination. Havranek said the homeowners will argue that the pond depth numbers provided in the survey are arbitrary and groundwater continues to be at risk of contamination.

The group will also argue the survey was done without monitoring by the group or county officials, which Havranek said was a condition imposed by commissioners on the survey.

Scott Brooke, an attorney for Bing Construction, said the staff report and the independent survey make the complaints “a non issue.”

Last year, county planners approved a request to expand the quarry. The homeowners group wants the expansion halted until the alleged violations are corrected.

In the past, the quarry has violated its special use permit by not posting a security deposit for restoration of the pit, operating after approved hours and inadequate environmental inspection.

Before the special hearing convenes, the commission will meet starting at 1:30 p.m. in Stateline. Topics to be discussed include:

n A discussion and recommendation to the Bureau of Land Management regarding a proposed prescribed burn in the Jack Wright Pass area in southern Douglas County.

n Discussion and possible action on raising the hourly rates by up to 5 percent for returning parks and recreation season employees.

n An application by the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District to acquire the Silveranch detention basin.

Breakout

What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners

When: March 15, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Kahle Park Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline

What: Public hearing regarding special use permit Bing Construction

When: March 15, 6 p.m.

Where: Courtroom of the Douglas County Administration building, 1616 Eighth Street, Minden.