Zoning Committee Chairman Tom Taylor of Naples said other county committees responsible for department study reports were asked for proposals. The Buffalo County Board meets on Oct. 9 and a 7-month moratorium expires on Oct. 31.
An extension would require county action by Oct. 25 in order to publish an amended moratorium ordinance by the Oct. 31 expiration date. Several courthouse departments recently furnished the county board with findings of sand mining studies.
Buffalo County Public Health Director Jen Rombalski advised keeping a moratorium in place for up to five months beyond Oct. 31 and the Alma City Council recently voted in favor of a 6-month extension.
The zoning committee Wednesday night also planned to take action on advancing a resolution to create fees for mining reclamation plans reviews and annual fees for non-reclaimed mines. More in depth review of the county's general zoning ordinance used by rural towns also was scheduled for further discussion.
Right now Buffalo County has more sand mining permits pending than it has issued. Six permits were issued in advance of the moratorium. One of the mines is operational.