Millington Quarry, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been denied a renewal of it operating license by the Township Committee.
In an unprecedented move – and with virtually no explanation – the Township Committee in a split 3-2 vote, rejected the annual license for the Stonehouse Road site, which has been in business in town since 1897.
Millington Quarry, which mined the site for nearly 20 years before leasing it to Tilcon New York, in 1999, previously indicated it would like to resume mining now that Tilcon has left the site.
Voting to reject the license at a meeting on Tuesday night, February 24, were Mayor John Malay and committee members Carol Bianchi and Thomas Russo Jr. Committee members John Carpenter and Carolyn Gaziano voted for renewal.
When a motion for a vote was called, Malay was only member of the governing body to comment. “I have issues with the whole operation of what’s going on over there,” he said.
After the license was denied, Township Attorney John Belardo told the committee, “Someone will need to inform the quarry they have no right to operate as of tomorrow.”
As of Thursday, it was unclear whether the quarry had been shut down or even notified of the decision. “I have no comment. This is the first I’m hearing about it,” said Tom Carton, vice president of development for Millington Quarry.
The township and Millington Quarry have been in litigation for years until last April when they reached a legal settlement allowing the quarry to import a limited amount of soil to help prepare for future residetnial use.
It was unclear if the denial of the quarrying license would affect that settlement. On Thursday, Township Clerk Denise Szabo sent out a notice saying the committee would “discuss, and possibly reconsider” the license denial at its next meeting on March 10.
As for why the vote was being reconsidered, Belardo referred questions to Mayor John Malay or Township Committeeman John Carpenter.