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Sand Trucks
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 19, 2011

Interested in the impact new industrial sand pits could have in Mason County, I parked myself at the south end of Brady, where RT 87 and RT 71 intersect. During an eight hour period on Thursday, Oct. 13th between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm there were 223 sand trucks that went through that intersection. Because industrial sand pits are a 24/7 operation, that is a possible theoretical count of 669 trucks during a full day. The previous day, at the north end of Mason at the intersection of RT 87 and RT 29 I counted sand trucks going to and from our city during the same time period. There were 37. During a possible theoretical 24 hour period there could be 111 sand trucks. This does not include the count of any trucks that use RT 386 into Mason.Fortunately for City of Mason residents, most of the Brady sand truck traffic uses RT 71 to enter and exit Brady from the south and therefore bypasses the City of Mason.This may soon change dramatically and the possibility of becoming a mirror image of Brady is already underway as the permitting process is ongoing for an industrial sand plant on RT 87 and RT 1222, and negotiations in Pontotoc. I have been told there is testing and evaluating in other parts of the county for sand pits. Unless county officials, city and community leaders come together and decide a different outcome, Mason County, as a longtime resident told me, will be changed forever.

Robert Beaulieu

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