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Bulloch Co. commissioners approve sand mine
Board acts on tabled request
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Bulloch County commissioners picked up an issue tabled from last month during Tuesday's meeting and approved a request by a man who wants to open a sand mine on property off Martin Road.
    During the October meeting in which the topic was first raised, several residents of the area protested the request by Brandon McCormick, expressing concerns about noise, wear and tear on roads by heavy equipment, and property devaluation.
    Commissioner Roy Thompson said in the October meeting that McCormick could otherwise use the property as he planned — digging a 10-acre pond and selling the sand — without commission approval. However, McCormick had already applied for a zooming request for the sand mine.
    Commissioners reviewed a list of conditions suggested providing the request was approved, but McCormick asked for variances. One condition was that the sand minebe operated only Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  but his agent, Don Marsh, asked that the mine be allowed to operate on Saturdays as well.
    Also, McCormick asked that a 10-year limit on operation be stretched to 30 years as allowed by the Environmental Protection Division.
    Samuel P. Oliver, who said he represents several property owners in the area, said neighbors still strongly oppose the mine.
    Property owner Josh  Martin said: "We are going to have to live with this thing 30 years. That's a long time. Saturdays are a big issue to everybody out that way, too."
    Commissioner Roy Thompson said he sympathizes with residents, but as a business owner, he also respects McCormick's desire to use his property for a business.
    A property owner could build a livestock operation or kennel on the property that would be of equal concern to residents, he said.
    "I appreciate your efforts in working with this neighborhood," Thompson said.
    Thompson then made a motion to approve McCormick's request with a limit of 20 years for the operation, in addition to two years for land reclamation, and for the business to operate on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Commissioners unanimously approved the request.
    Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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