Date: Fri 30-Apr-1999
Clean-Up Progresses At Sandy Hook Gravel Mine
BY ANDREW GOROSKO
The owners of Newtown Sand & Gravel Company, Inc, who were issued another town
order April 22 to correct zoning violations at their 11 Toddy Hill Road
property, have been making strides to correct the problems, according to
Zoning Enforcement Officer Gary Frenette.
Mr Frenette said a Wednesday inspection of the gravel mine showed "They have
made quite a clean-up of stuff."
On April 15, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members endorsed a crackdown
on the company in light of various land use rule violations. P&Z members
approved allowing Mr Frenette to revoke the company's gravel mining permit,
call its $25,000 bond, and seek court-imposed fines in light of violations at
the surface mine.
The mine's owners said the zoning violations on the site will be corrected by
Thursday, Mr Frenette said Wednesday. "They are cooperating. They have made a
sincere and honest effort," he said.
There is no evidence that motor vehicles have been buried in the gravel mine
as had been alleged, Mr Frenette said.
Mr Frenette said if the clean-up work is done well, he will lift the
cease-and-desist order which was issued to the gravel mine April 22. Under
that order, the operators have 10 days to comply with the zoning rules or face
closure and fines.
In a January inspection of the gravel mine, Mr Frenette had found numerous
zoning violations, including the deposition of abandoned motor vehicles,
trailers, boats, assorted debris, trucks, one school bus and large piles of
cut trees and mulch. Mr Frenette issued a January 28 cease-and-desist order to
the property's owners, Peter A. Horelick, Jr, and Laura Lee Lawhon. Mr
Horelick then told Mr Frenette the problems would be corrected within one
In ensuing inspections of the property, Mr Frenette found that a great deal of
debris and a number of vehicles had been removed from the property, but
In an April 12 inspection of the gravel mine, Mr Frenette found items
including tires, plastic piping, a truck nose, two large trailers, a box
trailer, a pickup truck bed, several car bodies, several dumpsters and
numerous auto parts, leaving the owners in violation of several zoning
regulations, according to Mr Frenette.
After that inspection, Mr Frenette went to the April 15 P&Z meeting for
guidance on how to handle the case. P&Z members then gave him a go-ahead for
Of Mr Horelick's response to the April 22 cease-and-desist order, Mr Frenette
said "He is doing a wonderful job. He is very cooperative."