A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?
"I'm opposed [to the mine] as much for what would happen to the thriving downtown area as I am for what would happen to the water levels," says Walter. "It's really a special place, a safe place for kids and old people, and eighty gravel trains going through downtown a day--160 a day counting return trips--is really going to hurt."
That also worries Mark Heydlauff, director of Chelsea's Downtown Development Authority and owner of Heydlauff's Appliances on Main Street. "It'll have a huge effect on us. We have a very nice downtown shopping district with restaurants and the Purple Rose Theatre. But it's got a very narrow Main Street, and gravel trucks coming through will change it a lot."
Though the DDA has raised those concerns at city council, Heydlauff says, "I don't know if Chelsea can stop it. It's a state-owned road."
Bob Pierce, head of Chelsea's Chamber of Commerce, shares those fears. "We strongly feel there will be a catastrophic impact on downtown Chelsea and the entire area. Every 3.75 minutes a tandem gravel truck will be going through our downtown, and we believe this will have a serious impact on property values, economic health, and pedestrian safety.