Update – Grimes Rock quarry permit

TruckrockBy Debra Tash

On October 22nd 2013 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors heard the City of Moorpark’s appeal of Grimes Rock Conditional Use Permit.  Their decision ended a 12 year renewal process for the mining operation. (see previous report)

Mayor Janice Parvin spoke for the City saying for those living along Walnut Canyon Road, which will now be used by Grimes Rock, “These residents and their forefathers were here long before the trucks.”

Moorpark Councilman, David Pollack, spoke of a bicyclist who was run down and killed earlier this year by a gravel truck.

One of the conditions of the Grimes Rock permit mandates that the company pay its fair share of the cost for the State Route 23 by-pass road.  Legal Consul for the City pointed out that the way this fee is computed is vague.  The City would like to clarify just how those fees are calculated.

All three mine operators in the County have volunteered to pay for the by-pass which is currently estimated to cost $5,000,000. 

Members of the Board wanted to continue their final decision for two weeks.  However, the mine is now at its boundary limits and in effect, would be shutdown by the Board’s inaction.  Rusty Cochran, Grimes owner/operator, offered to cut the daily truck trips from 600 to 300.  Moorpark City Manager Steve Kueny said that was unacceptable and wanted the permit to remain at its 1998 levels of 64 trips a day.

The final tweaks to the permit were; a 220 limit on daily truck trips, $25,000 for a noise mitigation fund to be used by Walnut Canyon residents, a fee paid per truck trip towards the State Route 23 by-pass. The final compromise came at the end of hours of presentations, residents and officials speaking and debate among the supervisors.  The comprise was passed by a 4 to 1 vote, Supervisor Long voting no to the lower number of allowable truck trips.

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis

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Stefan Djordjevic
Stefan Djordjevic
7 years ago

Hopefully the spirit of compromise will promote both business and peaceful living. We need them both.