Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Sands of our Sargent. Chairs had to be pulling into the community room last night to accommodate those in attendance at the Sargent Sands Public Hearing on their permit renewal. Attendees were provided a packet of frequently asked questions from Sargent Sands. There was a general consensus that Sargent Sands has worked hard to be a good neighbor to locals and the community. Some going as far as saying that there is little evidence that Sargent Sands will not be good stewards of the land in the future. Multiple citizens requested an updated environmental impact study that would be done by a 3rd party. Others expressed concern regarding the renewability of sand and the environmental impact on natural ecosystems. Noise was brought up multiple times, some by those who say they can hear the mining operation, and others who say they cannot. Still others focused on the impact of the truck traffic on noise pollution as well as concern regarding pedestrian traffic being hurt by a vehicle. Brian Brink, owner of Brink Farms, expressed support for Sargent Sands, explaining that 15-20 families are supported through his trucking business due to the company. He also stressed that they review GPS data to ensure his truckers are not speeding and that an inspection of the sealed trailers are required before leaving the site. Supervisor for permitting and technical services section for the Department of Environmental Quality office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Adam Wygant said,
"I was pleased that everyone had a space to make their comments. We heard some pro mining type comments as well as comments that requested denial of the permit and exactly why. Every time we've engaged this community, they've been very gracious and it's been very civil. I think that the department got what they wanted to get out and what the citizens asked for."