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Neighbor Relations Rocky Due To Rock Crusher

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News
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MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Peace and quiet is what Joan Milford says brought her to Hudson Cemetery Road in Mansfield.

But now she cringes at the very thought of a neighbor taking that away, ” I came here because I’m so much into nature,” says Milford “I’ve lived here 18 years now.”

Milford worries about the noise, pollution and trucks a rock and concrete crushing site could bring.

H. Mitchell Enterprises of Fort Worth has applied with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit which would allow them to install the rock and concrete crusher.

Right now a gravel pit sits across from Milford’s home.

Harold Mitchell is the owner of the company.  He says although he couldn’t go into detail, the crusher would be a quarter mile back and noise will not be a factor.

It would be capable of crushing up to 200 tons of concrete an hour.  The smaller pieces would be used to fill in roads.

“It’s just not going to be good for us,” says Larry Baiamonte who lives across the street from the property “Not good for anybody.”

Baiamonte believes the noise and dust will be a problem, and that the company has already been a bad neighbor for years.  “We had signs put up one there and one up front that are no trucks signs they ignore them so it’s going to be worst.”

Homeowners hope they can bring the crusher plan to a grinding halt, and they have one last chance at an informational meeting Tuesday night.  Calls from concerned residents pushed State Representative Bill Zedler to ask for the meeting by TCEQ.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the City of Kennedale Community Center and Public Library at 316 West 3rd Street.

For more information about the permitting process you can call TCEQ Office of Public Assistance at 1-800-687-4040.

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