County Board orders research on impacts of silica sand transportation

With one silica sand transportation facility in North Branch already complete and operating and another possibly on its way, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners is seeking assistance in researching how moving silica sand throughout the county might impact the area.

At its May 21 meeting, the board unanimously approved a draft resolution to be sent to the Association of Minnesota Counties about the matter.

The resolution reads:

“At the April 23, 2014, meeting of the County Commissioners’ Road and Bridge Committee, it was (noted) that Chisago County has seen an increase in impacts to our county road system via trucking for the silica sand industry, and we expect to continue to see those impacts grow. The committee felt that new funding for maintenance and improvements on the county road system from these impacts should be investigated.”

In addition to the resolution, Commissioner Lora Walker asked Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider to research how the traffic could impact the Sunrise Prairie Trail, a paved recreational path, the trailhead for which starts in North Branch.

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