The three member Buffalo County Board of Adjustment last week tabled conditional land use zoning permits sought by seven landowners in the Buffalo County town of Montana.
The Seven Sands landowner consortium advanced by Glacier Sands mining company of Menomonie sought permits to mine on some 450 acres of agricultural zoned land. Proposed routing of sand trucks on State Highway 88 to State Highway 35 just south of Cochrane-Fountain City School drew renewed opposition for safety reasons.
The board of adjustment based its decision to table on unresolved haul route conflicts and lack of undefined agreements for partial uses of two county trunk roadways in the Montana area.
Ron Kazmierczak of Belvidere said tabling would allow the C-FC school district and Glacier Sands time to "try and get together" to work out disagreements over trucking issues. The zoning board also wants Glacier Sands to submit a final truck hauling plan in writing and advised Buffalo County to come forth with analysis and agreements for hauling on county roads U and E to Highway 88.
The board unanimously voted to table all seven permits after a motion by board member Chris Weisenbeck to approve the first of seven permit actions failed to gain a second and died. Weisenbeck said there were split sides making it difficult to make a decision, but he was ready to approve the permits based on the testimony heard at the hearing.
Two weeks ago the board of adjustment denied permits for a sand drying plant and railroad spur in the town of Milton near C-FC school sought by Glacier Sands on farmland owned by a couple from Texas with local family ties.