TOWN OF COOKS VALLEY
Special Town Board Meeting
April 3, 2017
The Special Town Board meeting of the Town of Cooks Valley was called to order on Monday April 3, 2017 at the Cooks Valley town hall located at 15751 40th Street at 1:00 pm by Chairman Darrel Fehr following the public hearing. Supervisors present were David Clements and Matt Borofka. Other town official present was Victoria Trinko-clerk.
Discussion and possible action on the PurFrac Non-Metallic mining permit application: Chairman Darrel Fehr said there were comments about pipes leaving the storm water ponds. Are there going to be pipes? PurFrac-There will be pipes going from one pond to the other but not out the final storm water pond.
Q. Will you be going below the water table? PurFrac- no.
Chairman-Have you put together a permit as based off the material present at the March 30, 2017 meeting? PurFrac-They have started the permit and drafted a road agreement that has not been seen by EOG.
Chairman-The board needs to see a road agreement. The annual permit review fee is now $500.00. We need to have a notation concerning the crossing of 148th Avenue and PurFrac will need to come back to the Town of Cooks Valley board for approval.
The board reviewed the hours of mining, hours of trucking, number of loads and tonnage, reports of tonnage-annually, mandatory air monitoring and well monitoring continuing if a problem persists. David Clements would like a time limit included to correct a problem that may persist with air monitoring; inclusion of a tire wash and load of trucks on pavement; if blasting, they will need to renegotiate the permit, well testing; #5.12 of the agreement, a property value guarantee agreement needs to be formed. Chris Harmon is concerned with the assessed value plus 10%. Property value would start when the first mining commences. There would be a comparison of assessed value vs. fair market value.
Appeals would be conducted in Chippewa County.
Matt Borofka was concerned with the possibility of blasting.
Durand-the final draft will be completed this week. Then PurFrac would send the draft to the town board, which would then go to the town attorney, and then develop of the road agreement.
The Chairman would like a time limit on the development of a road agreement. What is a fair time limit? PurFrac would like a meeting between them, Dan Fedderly and the Town of Cooks Valley board.
Electric power will need to be developed with whatever company is in the area.
Darrel Fehr made a motion to approve the PurFrac non-metallic mining permit application with the contingences set forth by the plan commission and the Town of Cooks Valley board. David Clements seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote: Darrel Fehr-yes, with certainly hoping this is going to be different from the other mines in relation to air control, dust control and reclamation.
David Clements-this is the sixth application I have listened to. PurFrac has done a good job of presenting their application and mining process. But I am still concerned with water quality and for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Cooks Valley, I am saying no.
Matt Borofka-I also felt PurFrac did a good job presenting and due to the items of well testing and the amount of acreage that is to be open- voted yes. The motion carried 2-1.
Adjourn: Darrel made a motion to adjourn at 1:35 pm. David Clements seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Typed: April 6, 2017 Respectfully submitted
Approved: May 8, 2017 Victoria Trinko -Town Clerk