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News: 03/01/2011

Trinity road quarry OK’d by SVCAC

Low impact operation will be finished by 2016

Any idea that quarry operations at Trinity Quarry on the Gordenker property will have a major impact on anyone was put to rest at Wednesday’s meeting of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Committee.

Peter Gordenker and his sister, Sylvia Bernard, noted that there’s only about 147 tons of their beautiful paving stone left to be taken out of the nearly century old quarry on their Trinity Road property.

“The only truck that will carry stone out is a flatbed,” Gordenker said. “There won’t be any 18-wheelers coming in and out.” And there will only be one flat-bed a month for about four months a year, he added. It doesn’t take much to take out 147 tons of stone.

And while the permit mentions blasting, Bernard said there will be none. The stone is cut, stacked and moved.

The only hazardous materials on site are the tanks for gasoline, diesel fuel and oil needed for the operation.

SVCAC member Greg Carr, a retired county planner, was reassured that the Gordenker family had met the reclamation requirements included in prior quarry permits.

Questions about site drainage from Will Pier were also answered positively.

The permit request will be heard by the Planning Commission on April 7 (tentative date), and, if approved, will go to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. It will allow removal of the stone until 2016 when the vein will be exhausted, by all expectations.

Stone from the Trinity Quarry is in high demand by designers, being used in many high-end wineries in the area and was even used in actor Clint Eastwood’s home in Carmel, according to Peter Gordenker.

Stone was first taken from the site in 1919 and provided road and construction material as well as decorative rock. Over the years, some crushed rock was produced, but operations ceased in 1998.

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