A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?
"It's like living in heaven out here," says Mary Jane Eder, who lives on Island Lake a third of a mile from the proposed mine. "We'll probably see it [the mine], and we'll definitely hear it, because sound travels so well over water."
Eder has deeper concerns. "They plan to drill fifty feet below the water level, and that will take down the water levels of Island, Green, and South lakes. Plus, we are downstream from Stofer Hill. It's what provides us with well water, and those levels will go down, too. This will have a huge impact on property values."
Though she's ardently against the mine, Eder recognizes the township's central dilemma. "No matter which way they go, somebody's going to sue them. If they deny it, McCoig will sue. If they approve it, the neighbors will sue."
John Enos says he's concerned with the mine's "potential for nuisance, for noise, smoke, diesel oil spills, and things like that." Beyond that, the planner is worried the mine will impact the area's character. "Our master plan calls out the importance of the rural and recreational character of the community, and this is going to hurt it."