Bristol selectboard reacts to Lathrop pit decision

BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard will ask the Vermont Environmental Court to further explain some of the provisions in its Oct. 18 decision on a controversial gravel pit proposal in town.
The board held a special session Oct. 28 to review and discuss a decision by Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin to grant approval for the long-proposed Lathrop gravel pit.
“The selectboard will, through its attorney, ask the court to clarify some of the conditions the town would be responsible for enforcing under this decision,” said Bristol Town Administrator Bill Bryant.
Bryant on Wednesday said he was in the process of reviewing the motion, and that the town planned to file it with the court Friday.
The selectboard does not plan to file an appeal of this decision on the town’s behalf, Bryant said.
James Dumont, a Bristol attorney who represented town residents opposed to the project, said last week that he planned to appeal the decision to the Vermont Supreme Court.
The proposed pit on a 65-acre tract off Notch Road and Rounds Road in Bristol has been a controversial topic since Jim Lathrop proposed it in 2003. Opponents of the pit say it would impose undue noise and traffic on Bristol village as well as run counter to town zoning. Others support the project because it will create more jobs for the town.

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