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Jeff Daniels urges responsibility at Chelsea meeting

Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

Lyndon Township’s planning commission isn’t expected to make a decision on a special land use permit for a sand and gravel mining operation until this summer.  About 30 people spoke out against the proposal as a public hearing wrapped up Thursday night.

Concerns ranged from lower property values, to safety issues, to environmental concerns.  Even actor Jeff Daniels spoke out against the proposal.  He says his father wouldn’t move forward with ideas for his lumber company if they hurt the community, and thinks the planning commission should use the same approach when considering this plan.

Tim Forell of Forenergy is a consultant for McCoig Materials and says they want to work with the community.  He says they are working on a traffic study and will also do further hydrology testing. 

Planning Commission Chair Kevin McLughlin says they have a lot to consider.  He says many of the comments were redundant but he did fill three pages of notes from the public comments. 

The Planning commission will submit written questions to McCoig Materials representatives within two weeks, who will then have a couple of weeks to respond.  Consultants for the township will then review that information and written comments from the public. 

This is the site of the proposed sand and gravel mining operation.

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The issue will be on the Lyndon Township Planning Commission’s agenda in May, when commission members will be able to ask McCoig representatives questions in person.  A decision isn’t expected that night however.

WEMU's coverage of the public hearing held on the issue last month can be found here.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.



Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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