Deal on gravel pit will allow company to complete work

first_imgThe road to an agreement about how Tapani Underground will finish its work at its gravel mine off Northeast 18th Street was bumpy, but neighbors and the company seemed happy with the end point Monday night.After three public hearings, the Vancouver City Council approved a three-year extension to a development agreement with Tapani Underground of Battle Ground. The company bought the 19-acre mine from the Schmid family last fall, and revived it from a slumbering state to an active seven-day-a-week work site. From early morning to evening, trucks ferried the heavy loads to the St. Johns Road and state Highway 500 interchange project.Neighbors immediately noticed increased noise, dust, erosion, pollution and worsening roads, and as the city and Tapani started work on extending the development agreement, numerous residents chimed in asking for mitigation.Ultimately, the company agreed to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, until the St. Johns project is complete, at which point they will cut back to six days a week. Trucks will be kept to a 10 mph speed limit in the mine to cut down dust and noise, and will also turn off engines when idle. During dry times, they will water the area to tamp down dust as well.Truck traffic could be as much as 3,600 trips a month down the busy roads, but after the St. Johns construction finishes, Tapani agreed to no more than 1,300 trips a month.last_img

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