By Kamen Kessler
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — A recent 8-0 vote at the DeWitt Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting gave the ET MacKenzie Company renewal for their five-year special use permit grant.
The ET MacKenzie Company had a renewal of their special use permit up for debate at the Oct. 26 meeting. The renewal, which is required to be approved every year of the five-year grant, was in the second year, according to Ron Clark, an ET MacKenzie project manager.
The grant is for use of the Clark Road Pit located between Old U.S. Route 27 and Wood Road, where the company uses heavy construction equipment to extract sand and gravel, mostly used for roads in the Midwest area, according to Clark.
Lois Baumer, a DeWitt resident, was at the meeting and said, “My screen porch is unusable, and has been for a number of years now because of the heavy dust that is produced by the company at the site.”
Baumer said, “I live on Boichot Road near the site, and I understand that there will be loud noises and debris, but I am really just upset I have to thoroughly clean my porch every time I want to use it.”
DeWitt Charter Township Manager Rod Taylor said, “Unfortunately there is not a lot we can do about the issue at this time. It would have been better for us to be contacted in advance about the issue to see if we could look into it more before the vote at the meeting took place.”
DeWitt Township Supervisor Rick Galardi heard the claims, but when a vote was motioned, the renewal was approved. “We want to be open and honest with our residents and to tell them the truth, but right now we do not have the ability for the denial of this grant.”
Galardi said, “It is tough business, messy, loud, and they have the backing of the courts.”