Tilcon Connecticut plans quarry expansion

Tilcon Connecticut plans to extend its quarry operation in Plainville, Connecticut.

The Town Council will host a public information session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, regarding local construction company

Town Manager Robert E. Lee said Tilcon representatives, including General Manager Gary Wall, will present their plans and discuss proposed benefits to Plainville. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and comment on the proposed resolution

Tilcon intends to move its quarrying operation further away from existing homes in Plainville, to an area that is owned by New Britain Water Treatment.

The land is considered Class 1 for aquifer protection, so requires special legislation for land-use approvals. If the move is approved it would be a “win-win,” with Plainville receiving open-space land and Tilcon extending its future business in Plainville by 40 years, said town manager Robert E Lee.

“Tilcon has been at 395 Woodford Ave. in Plainville since 1923 and is one of our major taxpayers, employing 300-plus people,” said Lee. “They are looking at their ability to extend the life of their quarry operation and at the same time it benefits Plainville by giving us 157 acres of open space. If the legislation does not pass, Tilcon will still be able to make use of the existing quarry site for another 15 to 20 years.”

Lee said that if the move goes through, the town will have to decide whether or not to develop the land Tilcon leaves behind.

In addition to Plainville, Tilcon’s move would release 95 acres of open space to New Britain and another 75 acres to Southington. Lee said there would be a 1,000-foot buffer between quarrying operations and local homes.

The town manager added that Tilcon has been a good neighbor.

“They take seismograph readings whenever they blast, and they are always well below the limits,” he said. “They always notify police before conducting blasting operations and respond promptly whenever someone makes a complaint and go to check it out.”

New Britain Herald

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