Residents to challenge quarry decision in court

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A group of Gorham residents has appealed the town’s approval of a quarry on Mosher Road to Cumberland County Superior Court.

The group, Concerned Citizens of Gorham Inc., filed the appeal April 30, arguing that a hydrogeological study conducted at the site was insufficient and that the town’s zoning ordinance is inconsistent with its comprehensive plan.

The Gorham Planning Board had approved the request from Shaw Brothers Construction Inc. to build the quarry on March 31.

Four residents are named as plaintiff’s in the suit – Theresa Dolan, Anne Hayes, Russell Sprague and Jennifer Everett. None of the plaintiffs could be reached for comment Monday.

Defendants named are the town of Gorham, the Planning Board and Shaw Brothers Construction. The defendants have 20 days to file a response.

The town of Gorham and the construction company were both served summonses Monday. “We’re going to March on,” Danny Shaw, co-owner of Shaw Brothers Construction, said about work scheduled at the site.

Following approval of the quarry, the construction company received permission on April 28 for an asphalt plant. The quarry and asphalt plant on a 125-acre site zoned industrial received approval after a lengthy review by the Planning Board. Shaw Brothers introduced the plans for the quarry and asphalt plant to the town in 2006.

Town Manager David Cole said the town has forwarded the court documents to its attorney William Dale, but Cole declined further comment.

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