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Comment Invited On Quarry Lawsuit
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Seeking Riverbank citizens' opinions on a proposed rock quarry in Tuolumne County and the city's legal fight against it, Riverbank City Council has slated a public meeting at the Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 26, starting at 5 p.m.

The city hopes to reach a settlement with the county, mine operator and landowners. Sacramento attorney Douglas White, representing the city, said residents' comments could help shape the settlement.

Tuolumne County has approved a private company digging a quarry on the edge of Stanislaus County some nine miles southeast of Knights Ferry and moving the rock out along railroad tracks that run through Oakdale and Riverbank.

Riverbank officials are concerned the long, slow moving railcars could block road crossings in both cities besides causing excessive noise and air pollution. They are seeking to mitigate such problems.

The operation could extend for up to 75 years and produce 60-car trains about two thirds of a mile long and making as many as 20 round trips per week.