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Keeler Construction will expand office building, open new small gravel mine

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 July 2018 at 8:06 am

ALBION – A company in Barre has the Orleans County Planning Board’s support to expand an office building and also to establish a new gravel mine.

Patricia Keeler of Keeler Construction is proposing an addition that would approximately double the office space at 13159 West Lee Rd. Keeler also is looking to start a small gravel mine, extracting less than 1,000 tons a year, which avoids the necessity of a state mining permit through the Department of Environmental Conservation. Keeler says it will remove less than one truckload of gravel each week.

The Orleans County Planning Board recommended on Thursday that Town of Barre officials approve the site plan and issue a special use permit for the project. County planners said the scale of the mining operation would have no significant impact on the surrounding area.

In other action at the Planning Board meeting:

• Planners recommended the Town of Shelby approve the site plan and issue a special use permit for a motor vehicle repair shop at 4244 West Avenue Extension in a General Business District. Allan Kepner is proposing to relocate his motor vehicle repair shop from 3879 Bates Rd. to the site at West Avenue Ext.

• The Planning Board also recommended the Town of Yates approve the site plan and issue a special use permit for new farm labor housing at 11781 Platten Rd., which is in a Residential/Agricultural District.

Patrick Woodworth of Sandy Knoll Farms is proposing to build a 3,982-square-foot boarding house for seasonal farmworkers.

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