TOWN OF COOKS VALLEY
Special Town Board Meeting
April 13, 2017
The Special Town Board meeting of the Town of Cooks Valley was called to order on Thursday April 13, 2017 at the Cooks Valley town hall located at 15751 40th Street at 7:30 pm by Chairman Darrel Fehr. Supervisors present were David Clements and Matt Borofka. Other town official present was Victoria Trinko-clerk.
Review of EOG non-metallic mining permit with public comment:
Dave Bokor, representative for EOG, gave an overview of the year and production of the EOG DS mine. There was no production of frack sand or waste sand hauled back in 2016 in the EOG DS mine. The last trucking activity was October of 2015 and the last blasting was in Sept. 2015 in the mine. A blast was conducted in Nov. 2015 to expand the pond on the Scott Johnson property.
In 2017, they anticipate activity will be resuming in May. These conditions may continue for a couple of months or into October with an anticipated of 75,000 ton per month. This would be about 1/3 of the mining capacity, with an average of 10 hrs. per day, over 4-5 days a week. So they will not be operating all year but instead a couple of months or until October. There will have to be blasting to have material to truck out.
Regarding the provisions of hauling sand during school bus hours, they will be formally submitting, in writing, a request for an amendment to the non-metallic mining permit to address the provision. EOG would like this item placed on the May town board agenda. The provision of not operating during bus hours was costing EOG three hours of operating time per day. EOG feels their trucking has been outstanding. They will not be reclaiming to a final stage this year. Reclamation activities so far are minor and basic with rip-rap and matting with grass seed. Staff in 2016 has been present intermittently to manage dust and maintenance of matting and grading. The work has been completed by the Johnson property.
In 2017, they will reclaim with rip-rap. There will be an increase of staff but not around the clock.
In 2016, the air monitoring was discontinued and removed in May 2016. EOG received and passed the sampling audit of WDNR. In the three years the air monitoring was conducted, they did not go above the health standards set for 2.5 particles.
Storm water ponds-There are six existing storm water ponds. This has not changed. EOG has to manage and document planned discharges through the wetlands. They discharged water in 2016, even though the level of the ponds were below capacity, to avoid overflow or discharge due to a rain event. All discharges were below the ratio of parts of acrylamide per water and of better quality than required by the DNR. EOG notified the residents prior to the discharges – pond B3.0 on the east side was discharged four times in a 16 days total; pond B1.1 was discharged three times during a 13 days total; pond B8.0 was discharged two times in a nine days total. The discharges, conducted by Kraemer-Chris Anderson, that go onto the Mark Berge property- some are too much or are too slow. Mark Berge feels there needs to be work done on the channeling that occurs during the discharge.
Miscellaneous –Dave Bokor requested a change of address for billing and other correspondence. The billing/correspondence should go to Dave Bokor instead on John Behling. The bonding is up to the date.
In 2016-EOG replaced the Don Sarauer driveway and have not received feedback. So EOG feels they have completed their obligations concerning theroad maintenance and agreement.
David Clements-is there someone there during the day when not mining? Bokor- No one is there full time, all day, everyday, but people can be contacted. They cannot mine the SS and DS mine at the same time. But they inspect the mine, especially during a rain event.
David Clements-what was the cost of the air monitoring? For all the air monitoring, where EOG conducted the in-house sampling and sent the samples for independent analysis, for the three mines and wet/dry plant with a total of 13 monitors, cost EOG $250,000 per year.
Adjourn: Darrel Fehr made a motion to adjourn at 8:21 pm. Matt Borofka seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Typed: April 15, 2017 Respectfully submitted
Approved: May 8, 2017 Victoria Trinko -Town Clerk