Northwest NEWS

March 29, 1999

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Residents gearing up to fight planned rock quarry

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   DUVALL--Cherry Valley area residents are organizing to fight a rock quarry planned for an 84-acre site above Cherry Creek.

   About 50 people are already involved with the group calling itself the Cherry Garden Neighbors, said Helen Lashway, who lives above the proposed site.

   "We are ready to officially organize under non-profit status," she said, adding that the group will be focusing on legal and environmental aspects of the quarry proposal.

   A State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) map states the property in question is owned by the Hayes family of Edmonds. Hayes Mine/Duvall Rock Company have applied for the permit to mine the steep hillside about one mile north of Duvall on SR-203.

   The neighborhood group says it has concerns about pollution, increased traffic, fish habitat, stability of the hillside, the aquifer, and the future of McCauley Falls. They say they are asking for an environmental impact statement (EIS) to be required for the project.

   "All the people who live near there will be affected," Lashway said.

   City officials in Duvall say they are concerned, as well. At last week's City Council meeting, Mayor Glen Kuntz said that after a recent meeting with the state Department of Transportation, he took one of their representatives out to look at the site. Kuntz told the council the DOT representative became quite concerned and encouraged the mayor to meet immediately with King County on the proposed project.

   Kuntz said the city needs to be pro-active on the issue, adding that of the truck traffic the project would generate, 80 percent would be heading south, 60 percent of which would head west out the Woodinville-Duvall Road, and 20 percent would continue south through town.

   Cherry Garden Neighbors will be presenting further information on the proposed mine on Tuesday, April 6, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Cherry Gardens Community Club, corner of Cherry Valley and Kelly Roads.