May 25, 2018

Windham Town Council goes full steam ahead on mineral extraction moratorium by Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Town Council had a full agenda Tuesday evening May 22, during the regularly scheduled meeting in the Council Chambers. The budget approval was moved up to the first item on the agenda and was completed within an hour, after many hours of meetings and discussions. The highlight of the evening, however, was the vote on the new mineral extraction operations moratorium.

As a result of a steady increase in residential and commercial development and its impact on watershed quality, due to nonpoint source pollution, a moratorium on mineral extractions have been placed to evaluate and re-examine the effect mineral extractions have on the watersheds.

During public comment on the moratorium the attorney representing the quarry owner stated that he had filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client. This announcement sparked other Windham residents to speak during the public comment session, encouraging the Council to move forward on the moratorium, despite the lawsuit. The Council approved the moratorium; four for it, one against it, with one councilman absent. 

For full details and the other agenda items discussed, go to the town website at The meetings are also available to view on Facebook Live as well as recorded and broadcasted on Channel 7.

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