Letter to the Editor: No quarry in Hall Quarry

To the Editor:

Peace and quiet on Mount Desert Island. Ahhhh … what we love about living here!

On March 12 at 6 p.m. the Mount Desert Planning Board will once again convene to review a license application from Harold MacQuinn, Inc. for an industrial quarry operation in a zoned residential area. The lot is within ear-shot of the idyllic waters of Somes Sound and, as the crow flies, just hundreds of feet from Acadia National Park where millions of visitors seek out the Park’s natural resources.

Most importantly, the proposed industrial operation is on the doorstep of a peaceful, small village called Hall Quarry. It has been said: “Why would people willingly move to a place called Hall Quarry and then be surprised there could be a quarry there?” Quarrying was once important here but the lot in question was dormant for decades while the residential village was built up around it. People did not willingly move next to an industrial quarry — there simply was no active quarry.

Nowadays, we purchase land and build houses while trusting our Land Use Zoning Ordinance and our town officials to protect our way of life by providing people with an environment in which they can live normal lives, raise families, enjoy retirement, and use their property in peace and quiet.

On March 12 at 6 p.m., the applicant will once again try to convince the Planning Board that they deserve to get a license to implement their noisy, loud, ear-splitting, modern, industrial mechanized quarrying operation smack in the middle of a zoned residential neighborhood. In fact, the applicant has not met all the requirements of the Quarrying License Ordinance. Harold MacQuinn, Inc. and operator Freshwater Stone:

1) Have not staked out, on the ground, the footprint of their operation, as required.

2) Have not measured the estimated levels of noise of their equipment at the property lines of all the abutters, as required.

3) Have not listed all the types and amounts of equipment to be used in their operation, as required.

4) Have not explained what “other best industry practices for noise attenuation” they intend to employ to control noise and vibrations from their operation, as required.

5) Have not provided noise level information from the manufacturers of all their equipment, as required.

6) Have not measured the noise pollution from all their equipment in use at the proposed quarry site, as required.

The Ordinance says that the assets of the Town of Mount Desert are to be preserved and protected for the future well-being of the town … destroying peace and quiet is not in the best interest of Mount Desert. Come to the meeting on March 12 at 6 p.m. and let the Planning Board know how important “peace and quiet” is to their residents.

Janet Leston Clifford

Robert G. Clifford

Mount Desert


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