Town of Cooks Valley

Public Hearing-PurFrac Non-Metallic Mining Application Permit

March 30, 2017

The public hearing concerning PurFrac Non-Metallic Mining application permit was opened at 7:30 pm by chairman Darrel Fehr at the Cooks Valley Town Hall located at 15751 40th Street.  Town Board members present were Darrel Fehr, David Clements, and Matthew Borofka.  Other town officer-Victoria Trinko, clerk.
PurFrac has relocated the wet plant to a northerly direction of 1000 feet.  Phase 1 will be next door to the wet plant in Section 1.  The county will need an addendum to the reclamation plan for the storm water management plan.
PurFrac submitted a response to the comments made by Glory Adams at the public hearing on March 6, 2017.  See attached comments
Victoria Trinko- resubmitted comments from the plan commission public hearing and submitted additional comments for this public hearing.  See attached comments.
Beth Pagel submitted a written comment.  See attached comment.
Mark Berge-expressed concerns as we open more sand mines, the contamination of air and water is going to increase.  Our future generations are going to look back and wonder why did we destroy the beautiful bluffs, teeming with wild life?
Linda Smith is concerned for the water.  Her father worked on water wells and has knowledge of wells.  Removing the sand layer is removing the filtration of our water and the future of good quality water for following generations.  The beauty of nature will be gone.  The trees will not be reclaimed for two generations. 
Chad Berge- checked with the county and there will be pipes discharging water from the storm water ponds.  Neighbors are concerned about water discharge in the event of storms.  The ponds will be discharged.
Calvin Swartz stated he lives with a mile and a mile and a half of the EOG and Chippewa Sands mine and has seen no change in the air or water quality in the years since production of the mines.  He hangs out clothes and leaves his windows open.
Gene Pagel-People have moved to Cooks Valley because of the quiet environment.  He feels there has to be a limit to the number of sand mines allowed in the Town of Cooks Valley and where is the limit?
Bill Schindler-as an owner he wants to be a good neighbor and feels they have done everything they have to be a good neighbor.
Ryan Michels is a neighbor and feels PurFrac has done everything right and this is the way the future of mines will look.
Chairman Darrel Fehr closed the public hearing at 7:49 pm.

Typed:  April 4, 2017
Victoria Trinko, clerk