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until March 31, 2010 when the time for public comment is closed on Mineral Mining Permit Application #10428 which would allow strip mining for sand and clay between Sky Lane and Bradley Road.
Here is the letter I sent to the Chief of Mineral Resources at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Feel free to use it in its entirity adding your own concerns, use parts of it our write you own letter. Just WRITE!
March 22, 2010
Chief John Husted
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mineral Resources Management
2045 Morse Road, Building H3
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Dear Mr. Husted:
I object to the application #10428 Request for Mineral Mining between Sky Lane and Bradley Road in the City of Cleveland. My reasons include but are not limited to the following:
Effect of Strip Mining on Neighborhood: How will the strip mining affect residents of Sky Lane and Bradley Roads? How much noise, dust and traffic will be created? Can the infrastructure handle the strain of heavy machinery and trucks? What impact will this have on property values and even the ability to sell at all? How far into the neighborhood will this effect reach?
Effect on Watershed: Will the ecosystems of two creeks be compromised? What will ensure that they are not? What is the Ohio EPA’s position on covering over streams?
Effect on Air Quality: What particulate matter will be added to the atmosphere?
Effect on Community: Will this set a precedent for other vacant land within the city limits of Cleveland? What rights do the City of Cleveland and its citizens have in such a matter?
Need for Transparency: What is Ty Inc. and what assurance do we have that the corporation has the expertise to take on this undertaking? Who will the partners be in this operation? How will the public be assured that they will not be burdened with a failed enterprise? What will the transparency of such a major undertaking be? Will all contracts be approved in the light of day? What assurances will the public have that the corporation and partners are financially able to underwrite the endeavor?
I request a public hearing to be held so that the residential neighbors in this area as well as their fellow Clevelanders can ask questions and speak to the impact the awarding of a 15 year permit for mineral mining would have on our city and the community of Old Brooklyn.
Today’s Cleveland City Council Meeting is of major importance for those community members who are lobbying for pedestrian and bicicyle access on the planned Innerbelt bridge. Rally at 6:30 on steps of City Hall.
During the City Council Meeting which starts a 7 pm Councilman Brancatelli will be introducing a formal objection to introucing mineral mining with Old Brooklyn.
I just received my latest economist.com issue on line and the article Business and Water leaped out at me. Not two hours ago, a neighbor came over to visit and we had a long conversation about land and its relationship with water and how we are sitting on the banks of probably one of the most important natural resources in our future–Lake Erie. She worries that others will be the decision-makers on the use of our land, our water, our wealth. So do I. The importance of citizen engagement in the public process to create balance and integrity may never be so critical as it is now. As citizens and voters, we need to be aware of issues that we would probably rather avoid–taking a stand or leading the way are often lonely places to be. If we do not take part and become engaged in the process who will stand in the place of the seventh generation? And if we do not take a stand today, will there be a seventh generation?