State and Province News April 2012
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The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would repeal a requirement that stone, sand, and gravel operators pay the state’s mining license tax. According to Alaska Native News, H.B. 298 was a collaborative effort by Rep. Paul Seaton and Sen. Tom Wagoner. Seaton told the newspaper that approximately 50 percent of the sand and gravel mined in the state is used in public works projects, and the mining permit costs are passed back to the government in terms of increased materials costs. A companion bill, S.B. 176, is making its way through the Senate.
Vulcan Materials Co., Western Region, donated its archive to the Huntington Library, Arts Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The Bradenton Herald reports that the collection is valued at more than $34,000 and depicts the company’s role in infrastructure development and the construction of area landmarks, including Los Angeles’ City Hall, Union Station, Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Pasadena’s iconic Colorado Street Bridge. Jock Scott, former vice president of engineering, began collecting material for the archive in 1979 and combined his collection with that of Joanna Pierce, retired director of corporate communications.
Colonial Mining Materials, LLC, has taken over operations of Quality Mine in Placida. According to a company press release, Naples-based Stock Development, Inc. owns the mine and approached Colonial to replace its mine operator last summer. Colonial Mining Materials was established to operate the mine and increase sales. It purchased the mine equipment from the prior operator, repaired it, and put it back into service. It also acquired a new wash plant and continues to employ a number of the site’s workers.
An overturned truck hauling sand and gravel shut down State Road 207 in early March, StAugustine.com reports. The driver, who was trucking for Mid-Florida hauling, said he was transporting a shipment of rock when the truck dumped over. He noted that it was the first truck in eight years that had dumped, and said he thought he was loaded a little heavily to one side.
CRH announced a series of management changes to its U.S. operations. Doug Black, chief executive of its U.S. materials division, is taking on the newly created post of president and chief operating officer of Oldcastle Inc. He will report to Mark Towe, chief executive of Oldcastle. Black has been with the company since 1995 and has held a number of management positions. Randy Lake will succeed Black as chief executive of the group’s U.S. materials division. He is chief executive of Americas Building Solutions and has been with Oldcastle since 1996. Keith Haas will become chief executive of an expanded Americas Building Products Group. He joined the company in 1995.
The Muskegon Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject a special-use permit to store construction materials on the former Sappi paper mill site, Michigan Live reports. Owner Doug Melching, of Melching Inc., planned to use the site along the deep water port to store sand and gravel, but the city’s planning department recommended against that proposal because the city’s master plans call for bulk storage on the east side of Muskegon Lake, and the former paper mill is located on the west side of the lake.
More than 100 residents attended a recent public hearing held by the Houston County Planning and Zoning Commission on whether to recommend a new mining permit moratorium to the county board. The Spring Grove Herald reports that the group reviewed the county’s land-use ordinance for mineral extraction and noted some key points such as setbacks and language regarding dust controls. During a public comments period, nearly three quarters of attendees requested the group suggest a one-year moratorium rather than a three-month ban on new operations. After much discussion, the commission voted 4-to-3 in favor of recommending a one-year moratorium. A date for the county board’s vote had not been scheduled at Aggregates Manager press time.