February 12, 1986 |
By a 6-0 vote, the Tabernacle Township Planning Board gave preliminary approval last night to the reopening of a quarry on Bozarthtown Road. Residents had protested that operation of the quarry would increase truck traffic and possibly damage the water table. As a condition of approval, the board ordered James E. Haas, owner of the 63-acre sand-and-gravel operation, to construct a landscaped buffer zone on the site's Bozarthtown Road border, drill wells to monitor local water-table levels and improve the quarry's entrance and exit roads.
July 4, 1997 |
The body of 26-year-old Levittown man was found yesterday in the old sand and gravel quarry where he apparently had gone swimming and disappeared June 22. The body of William Walko was seen floating in the water in the afternoon, and police were notified. Shortly after 5 p.m., rescue personnel and police pulled the body from Mill Creek Lake, which borders Mill Creek Road and Old Route 13. Bucks County Deputy Coroner Robert Zebley said the body was in relatively good shape when found, meaning it had probably plunged deep into Mill Creek Lake.
December 21, 1989 |
Tredyffrin Township has adopted guidelines regulating quarries that will require the Warner Co. to get special permission before it can go forward with plans to expand mining operations. The guidelines, recommended to the supervisors by the Planning Commission, will require Warner, which operates the only quarry in the township, to obtain expansion approval from the township zoning hearing board, which has not been involved in the process before. Monday night, the supervisors unanimously approved the amendment to the zoning ordinance that also bans quarrying from within 300 feet of surrounding property lines, the rights of way of any public street, cemeteries, streams, lakes, and residences.
July 31, 2004 |
The Penns Park quarry can continue to operate on a limited basis even though a massive landslide there on Thursday forced the closing of nearby Swamp Road. Kurt Knaus, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the Wrightstown quarry must establish a safe zone that would prevent mining near the collapse, but digging can continue elsewhere. He said that about 500 to 600 feet of the quarry wall collapsed, pulling down rock, dirt and vegetation as far as 300 feet from the quarry.
August 30, 1990 |
The controversial Llanerch quarry in Havertown is scheduled to go on the auction block Sept. 10 because of its delinquent tax bill. The quarry, owned by West Chestnut Realty of Haverford Inc., owes more than $169,000 in back taxes for the years 1987 through 1990, according to the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau. The sale was prompted by the lack of payment for 1987 taxes. However, the sale price - called the upset price or minimum bid - will include all outstanding taxes for the last four years, according to a spokesman at the tax claim office.
November 24, 1988 |
Rivers of rock run through the Philadelphia region, just under the surface of its country fields. For years, like ice fishermen on winter lakes, quarrymen have fished those rock rivers. The quarrymen have cut deep into the rock, drawn it up and trucked it away, to form ever-expanding roads through ever-expanding suburbs. Now, some residents who moved to those country suburbs on those rock-bedded roads are raising a cry against those quarrymen. In Bucks County, on the northern edge of the region, and in Chester County, on the western edge, there has been opposition to expansion of existing quarries.
June 7, 1999 |
Turning an old, chiseled-out sand quarry here into an $8 million premier public golf course wasn't easy. And for many golf enthusiasts, playing it won't be, either. The Scotland Run Golf Club, promoted as the only upscale public golf course in Gloucester County, is set to open June 21. And owner Chip Ottinger Sr. realizes the par-71 course, with its steep cliffs, towering trees, and some bunkers so deep that the greens aren't visible, can be intimidating to high-handicap golfers.
March 17, 1986 |
The Warner Co., owner of one of two quarry operations in East Whiteland Township, would go to court, if necessary, to oppose the township's intentions to regulate quarrying operations in the township. John M. Stoviak, attorney for Warner, said Thursday that the company would file legal action if the township board of supervisors approved the pending zoning amendments. Stoviak spoke with reporters after a hearing on the latest revision of the ordinance. A second quarry in the township is operated by the Glasgow Co. Both quarries are off Route 29 in the northeast corner of the township and abut Charlestown and Tredyffrin Townships.
May 14, 1987 |
The Marple Township Board of Commissioners has denied an application to subdivide the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co.'s Foxcroft Quarry tract on North Sproul Road so part of it can be sold to a developer who has submitted plans to build a shopping center on the site. The board rejected the subdivision plan at its meeting Monday night, contending that the township has the first option to buy the land and that maps submitted by the developer, local restaurant owner Gus Costalas, did not show the correct zoning.
September 16, 1997 |
The fate of a 12-acre township plot has emerged as the central issue in a company's request to expand its Rushland quarry. Representatives of Miller & Son Paving Inc. maintain that collecting rock would be the only reasonable use for the property, which is next to the company's existing 45-acre quarry. Miller & Son has applied for a variance to blast closer to the edges of its quarry and into the adjacent land. But last week, in the eighth hearing over five months, township representatives offered alternative sketches showing as many as three single-family homes on the triangular-shaped property.