County to decide on fate of Camilletti gravel pit tonight

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— The county will take another look at the 50-acre Camilletti gravel pit tonight to decide whether the applicants can move forward with the pit and how they will have to mitigate its impact.

The proposed pit is a half-mile south of Milner.

Meetings on the pit have drawn public comment on issues such as the visual impact of the digging, safety issues and the proposed mitigation efforts by the company.

The application was approved by a vote of 6-2 at the Planning Commission level on March 3.

There are three main issues on the table tonight, said County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.

The first of those issues involves the cottonwoods around the site. The county paid a consultant to study the irrigation of the trees and come back with a report, which will be discussed tonight.

Some residents near the pit are worried about potential impacts on traffic south of the site on County Road 179. The county's road and bridge department will address those concerns.

The applicants will also be asked about the reclamation plan for the pit, Stahoviak said.

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