The most recent appeal hearing before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors regarding the Truck Village Quarry was postponed in late January. Originally scheduled for August, it was the third postponement. The hearing is now set for April 7.

The issue
The most recent appeal hearing before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors regarding the Truck Village Quarry was postponed in late January. Originally scheduled for August, it was the third postponement. The hearing is now set for April 7.

Background
For more than a decade, controversy has surrounded the Truck Village site, which is located directly below Black Butte and owned by Mount Shasta resident Keith Darrah. In 1997, Darrah was first notified of possible violations of the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, and in 2007, the county issued an Order to Comply, which informed Darrah of violations related to unauthorized mining on his property. Throughout the process Darrah claimed extracted materials have been used for ongoing construction, making it exempt from SMARA regulations. In May, the Board of Supervisors confirmed the order, thereby obligating Darrah to cease all mining activities, to submit of permit and reclamation plan and to post an interim financial assurance in the amount of $100,000. Soon after, Darrah’s lawyer, Darrin Mercier, appealed the decision.

What’s next
County counsel Tom Guarino said mediation is scheduled for the end of this month between the County SMARA board and Darrah’s attorney to work toward a resolution. Any decisions would be disclosed to the public. If things aren’t resolved by April 7, the appeal will take place before the Board of Supervisors.

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