An application has been sent to Lyndon Township Planning Committee from McCoig, Materials, Inc. for a sand mining operation in Lyndon Township.
The proposal is for 22 YEARS of mining, taking out 6 to 8 double trailer truckloads PER HOUR, for a total of 60 to 80 trucks per 10 hour day, they have asked to also run on Saturdays and for special use to run for 30 years.
The site is between M-52 and Island Lake, south of the Ion TV tower and Lyndon Park South. The work site will be visible from the island on Island Lake, Lyndon Park South, and the southern parts of the lake, along with Green Lake and M-52 & a good portion of the Waterloo/Pinckney hiking trail.
It will not only create a great deal of noise, but dust, disturbance of ground water, traffic, and the disturbance of wildlife and natural areas.
Stofer Hill, the highest spot in the county, will eventually become a pit.
The land sale of 158 acres for this site has already been contracted based on approval of the mining application and special land use by the Township.
This is real and is happening now in our beautiful corner of the County, directly in the middle of the beautiful Waterloo/Pinckney Recreation area. Once the application and special land use are approved, this mining operation is ready to begin. The ramifications for Lyndon Township and downtown Chelsea will be enormous. Downtown Chelsea and M-52 will be inundated with 60-80 double load trailers of sand, every day (including Saturdays) for 22-30 years. This will not only affect business, with an undeterminable loss of revenue, it will disturb and change the culture of Chelsea for many years to come.
How can I help?
You can start by signing this petition against the mining operation, signatures speak loudly in numbers. You can also help by attending the upcoming scheduled public hearings at Sylvan Town Hall and voice your opinion directly. The first scheduled public hearing is on February 17th, at 7:00 pm at the Sylvan Township Hall.