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A major mining operation in New Milford Township has some township residents as well as their neighbors in New Milford Borough concerned about how the project will impact on their communities when it begins full-scale production on a mountain peak off Sutton Road.
Fred Ehmann, a township resident, pleaded for help from the Board of County Commissioners last Wednesday. In the process, he unveiled some startling statistics relating to the plans that B.S. Quarries have for mining on the site. “As we look at the approved plans,” said Ehmann, “this is not bluestone mining. This is gravel mining of the biggest circumstance.” He said it will be done on a permanent site of 405 acres, and that 350,000 tons of gravel will be processed yearly and will necessitate the use of about 45,000 gallons of water a day.
The June 25 meeting of the Mountain View School District included a large visitor contingent of unhappy parents and staff. The visitors aired their griefs to each other while waiting for the meeting to begin in the hallway, and broached several subjects before the board itself once inside. Several of the questions were aimed at Dr. Andrew Chichura, whose employment as superintendent was to be voted upon that night. Answers were given to some of their complaints, and assurances given of measures to be taken for district improvement.
The first woman to speak inquired as to the process the board underwent in filling the superintendent position. She asked when advertising had been done, how many interviews were held, and who screened the applications. It was responded that the position had been advertised three times – once in August, once in October, and once in January. Three candidates were interviewed after the first posting, but none deemed acceptable. Dr. Chichura was appointed acting superintendent after this. In October and January, no applications were received as a result of the postings. One application had been submitted for general administrative positions, but the candidate did not have the experience they desired.
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