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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/17/2015 11:57 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/17/2015 11:57 PM
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Taxpayer Group Sides with Planning Director

San Andreas, CA...Al Segalla, President of the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association, said "The more we discover the facts, the more it becomes apparent that the Planning Director was correct in approving the Asphalt Hot Plant application....

The fumes issue is handled by a cleaning process approved by the regulatory agencies. In fact, there are 11 government agencies with rules to be complied with and the owner claims to have done so for 25 years without incident.

Asphalt is not a hazard or a pollutant. It is used extensively on all our roads. It sheds water and there is no danger of groundwater contamination or danger to our water supply. The CCWD Board should have known this before calling for Planning Commission review.

If local government were to demand a 1/2 million dollar EIR from the company, the result would likely be a disaster for the little company and yet another black eye for business in our county. How long can this company withstand the highly organized hate campaign?

This company is under attack with false accusations. The only hope for Ford Construction Company and our fragile economy is for honest people of good will to learn the truth and speak up now."

Albert J. Segalla, President
Calaveras County Taxpayers Association
PO Box 1493
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 785-1491
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Posted on: 2015-06-18 07:02:57   By: lmartin
While I truly believe in a booming economy I feel strongly that siting of a hot mix asphalt plant at Hogan quarry is not in the best interests of the county. I feel the environmental fears are a prime example of "Big fears, little risks".
How this chap Maurer can make a decision that a hot mix asphalt plant is the same as a Portland cement plant defies logic.
The difference is as plain as night and day (to be politically correct".
I feel the biggest problem lies in the traffic increase on that stretch of SR 26 between Valley Springs and Linden. Caltrans already has posted that trucks with trailers longer than 32' from kingpin to rear axle are NOT ADVISED on this stretch of road.
Try accessing SR26 from any side lane/st/rd and you will see that dodging existing truck traffic is a challenge an increase will exacerbate this problem.
Furthermore if permitted one could logically expect that traffic would increase with the backhauling of RAP (road grindings)
to the quarry.
Keep the quarry as it is by only allowing virgin material to be removed from the site and purchase Mr. Maurer a one way ticket out of the county on Calaveras Transit.

Les Martin (aka skidmark to the libs)

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Posted on: 2015-06-18 07:18:38   By: Anonymous
Hey get a load of MyMotherLode article regarding an asphalt truck flipping on Obyrne's Ferry Rd., Copperopolis. Is this what Mr. Segalla proposing for Valley Springs?

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    Re:I Vote - Go for It !
    Posted on: 2015-06-18 07:47:17   By: Anonymous
    I say Fast-Track the Asphalt Plant. . . I live in Valley Springs, I've worked with asphalt, and I need a job. You can not listen to these local hillbilly's on this asphalt issue, they just are out in orbit with bad info, frighting everyone. Asphalt is a 100% recyclable material. The trucks loads of asphalt coming and going in our county travel way further than necessary now. Asphalt plants I've worked at have always been close to residential communities, because that's where the product is needed ! The arguments I've read against this great product and plant are full of hype and non-sense. Approve and Build the Asphalt Plant Now, it's a perfect fit for our county -- BOS, Planning, Whom-ever just get it done.!

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      Re: Re:I Vote - Go for It !
      Posted on: 2015-06-18 12:28:59   By: Anonymous
      For those that harp on the point that asphalt is poison, the recommendation to the Board of Supervisors is to listen to their vocal few constituents and begin removing the asphalt roads in and around Rancho. What size gravel do you want? Big enough to crack windshields or the smaller size to pepper the front of your car. If it was such a nasty product, then why isn't the EPA all over this issue and requiring breathing apparatus to be worn or decontamination facilities for workers? If the proposed facility complies with current laws, ordinances, and mandates then I think the issue has been scientifically researched enough and we need to stop scaring people with unfounded rhetoric and face the reality the "not in my back yard" crowd is all wet. What did Reagan say? "there they go again".

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        Re: Re:I Vote - Go for It !
        Posted on: 2015-06-18 14:45:04   By: Anonymous
        Actually, Reagan said "Not in my backyard" just like everybody else. It is human nature.

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