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February 25, 2015

County denies Coyote Creek requests

By Chris Erickson

Mercer County opted to deny Coyote Creek any action last week on two topics regarding roads south of Coyote Station and west of Highway 49.
The first denial was for an application for a haul road crossing on County Road 12. As proposed, the mining haul road would leave Coyote Station to the west, southwest, and south before intersecting County Road 12. Residents of that rural neighborhood had offered their concerns at previous county commission meetings, mostly regarding how mining traffic could adversely affect public traffic.
Similar comments were heard during last week’s meeting of the Mercer County Commission after Sarah Flath and Donn Steffen presented detailed plans for the haul road intersection, which was ultimately shot down in a 5-0 vote by commissioners.
The commissioners did approve temporary closing of section line roads, as well as coal mining operations within 100 feet of the outside right of way of public roads in the permitted mining area.
The issue at hand was the proposed crossing for the haul road itself.

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