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CRITICAL TO CONTACT A.S.A.P.

BRENT WILDE, Provo City Community Development Assistant Director – bwilde@provo.utah.gov P. O. Box 1849, Provo, UT 84603-1849

Re: Public health, safety, or general welfare concerns which would preclude granting a Conditional Use Permit to a quarrying operation in Rock Canyon.

It will NOT be helpful to simply address your love for the canyon.  It will be helpful if you address the KEY ISSUES outlined below.

GENERAL PUBLIC WELFARE ISSUES:

  • Rock Canyon constitutes a natural treasure for our community which could not be reclaimed or restored after mining operation. Its loss would definitely impact the welfare of our citizens.
  • The quarry would sacrifice a well-established public recreation area Describe your personal usage or ways you know this canyon is utilized by others. for our community, utilized by hikers, climbers, bikers, public schools, university classes, scout troops, special interest groups, etc.
  • Noise pollution would seriously compromise recreation in the surrounding areas, including the two parks located next to the proposed quarry. Pavilions, play equipment, summer and winter sports at these parks would be negatively impacted.

SAFETY ISSUES:

  • The probability, not possibility of loose rock falling onto the trails and general public usage area. (Unintentionally, large rock slabs came down when this area was excavated in 2006.)
  • The serious potential for harm, loss, or injury with excavation equipment operating adjacent to broadly-used public recreation area.
  • Heavy trucks and walking public would have to share the same easement, creating significant risk for the public.

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • The effects of dust particles from the mining operation affecting respirations of local residents and users of the public park and trails.
  • Threat of contaminating Provo City water supply from canyon.
  • Potential of polluting stream bed adjacent to mining area.

FINAL ISSUE TO ADDRESS: The mining operation is claiming that the asphalt road leading up to the canyon is NOT the hiking trail.  Please let officials know that this road IS used by foot traffic.

See Standards to Evaluate Conditional Use Permit Applications here: conditionalusepermits

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO CONTACT

PROVO MAYOR LEWIS BILLINGS lbillings@provo.utah.gov P.O. Box 1849, Provo, UT 84603

PROVO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS – Go to link BELOW to get names and addresses:

http://www.provo.org/council.council_main.html

STATE LEGISLATORS – Go to link BELOW to get names and addresses:

http://www.utahsenate.org/perl/roster2009.pl

http://www.le.state.ut.us/house/members/membertable1add.asp

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