Comments opposing mine continue | Yadkin Ripple

Danny Steelman addresses the board expressing continued opposition to the a mine project in Hamptonville proposed by Three Oaks Quarry.

As has been common in recent months, Monday’s meeting of the Yadkin County Commissioners began with public comments from Hamptonville residents opposed to a potential aggregate mine. The much-discussed project is proposed by Three Oaks Quarry which has requested rezoning of a property located near 3641 Hwy US 21 from Rural Agriculture to Manufacturing Industrial. In June the Yadkin County Planning Board, in a 3-2 vote, recommended in favor of the rezoning. It is set to go before the Yadkin County Board during its Aug. 15 meeting.

Danny Steelman, of Hamptonville, addressed the board concerning an economic report submitted by Three Oaks Quarry on how the proposed mine would benefit the county. Steelman shared comments from Robert Davidson with Davidson Consulting, a CPA specializing in the construction/aggregate industry, who said, in his opinion, the study “did not include adequate information” that it was written by someone with experience in the aggregate industry.

Sandra Martin also spoke against the proposed mine, specifically sharing concerns about “fugitive dust” particles that could potentially come from a mining operation.

“It’s just like Covid, it effects our alveoli in our lungs, it scars it, it causes upper respiratory problems,” Martin said.

Several audience members at the meeting held up signs opposing the mine during the meeting.

Also speaking during public comments, though not regarding the mine, was Yadkin Schools Superintendent Todd Martin. Martin expressed his thanks to the board for work being done to support critical facility needs at various schools in the district.

Martin said cafeterias at some schools were getting needed updates as well as signage at several signs. Several schools will be getting new or repaired roofing in the next few years and there have been updates for lighting at some athletic fields also.

Yadkin County Cooperative Extension Director Addie Wilson gave a short presentation on Monday to introduce the new Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Zach Troutman.

Bryson Helton, a member of the Yadkin County 4H group, shared some of his experiences with 4H.

Helton, age 16, has been involved with 4H since second grade.

“Through these [4H] events I have made memories and friends of a lifetime. I have gained skills i will forever use such as public speaking skills, leadership skills, and so much more.

Helton pointed out that 4H is about much more than raising livestock.

“I like to describe this wonderful organization as whatever you wish it to be,” he said.

While many in person events were cancelled during the pandemic, Helton said that within 4H the digital world opened up new opportunities for learning and growth.

Helton recently completed a presentation on honeybees for which he received a gold medal at a state level competition. He will also be representing Yadkin County and 4H as part of Youth Voice during the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners conference later this month.

In other business, County Planner Seth Harris, asked the board to schedule a public hearing during the Aug. 15 meeting for a rezoning request from highway business to rural agriculture on Pea Ridge Pass. The board approved the request and that public hearing will schedule first on Aug. 15, ahead of the mine rezoning hearing.

The board also approved an outstanding invoice from June 2022 for $76,235,08 from Republic Services (Foothills Environmental) for garbage pickup from the county landfill.

The next meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the Human Services Building, 217 E. Willow St., Yadkinville.