Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ringwood Renews Saddle Mountain Quarry License

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ringwood Renews Saddle Mountain Quarry License

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RINGWOOD -- The Borough Council granted a new three-year operating license to the Saddle Mountain quarry on Tuesday.

Residents living near Braen Stone of Ringwood off West Brook Road logged a litany of complaints with the local government regarding speeding trucks, dusty conditions and jaw-rattling blasts during the Dec. 13 public hearing on the license application. However, members of the council said their hands were tied and approved the license in a 5-0 vote.

"They meet every requirement of the ordinance" regulating quarry licensing, Councilman William Marsala said. "There's no legal grounds to stand here and say, 'we are not going to approve it.' "

Sean Isgan, a partner at CME Engineering hired by the borough to monitor the quarry, said the three-year mining plan will effectively chip off the sides off a bowl in a 25-acre zone that can be mined below the grade of West Brook Road. Blasting will primarily be limited to a 9-acre section of that larger zone, he said.

Resident Christopher Otis said the blasts used to just be annoying. Now, he said the blasts are intensifying to the point where cracks are forming in the walls of his Crescent Road home.

He said items are knocked loose and fall off walls during blasts. If that wasn't enough, he and others said, the quarrying activities produce noise and dust while the trucks create potholes along West Brook Road.

Isgan said seismographs have shown relatively consistent blasts over the years. Still, Borough Administrator Scott Heck said the last two have been particularly strong, as have the complaints coming into town hall.

"We need the quarry to work with us on some things," Heck said.

Scott Braen, owner of Braen Stone Industries, said the company is committed to implementing better procedures or technologies to "mitigate the impact on the neighbors, mainly with blasting. …

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