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A Fallston company that lost its bid to start tree grinding and gravel excavation operations on a 56-acre site near Joppa is scheduled toappeal its case to the county Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday.

T.C. Simons Inc., a construction and contracting company, is seeking seven special zoning exceptions and variances so that it can start operations on the Mountain Road site near Singer Road.

A community group, the Mountain Road Defenders Association, has objected to the noise such an operation might cause and has hired a lawyer to present its opposition at the hearing.

"Drippings and grease from the diesel trucks would also affect our wells," said Edward Sokel, association president. "That open area is the main aquifer thatserves our wells. And can you imagine up to 150 diesel engines starting in your back yard?"

A report by the county's Department of Planning and Zoning recommended approval of most of Simons' requests, with the exception of the tree-grinding operation.

The company's request was rejected in March in a 56-page opinion written by county Zoning Hearing Examiner William F. Casey. In his ruling, Casey said he denied the company's request because it did not provide enough information on the proposed operations or their effect on nearby residentialareas.

Simons wants to set up the tree grinding and gravel extraction operations on two tracts along either side of Mountain Road.

Simons needs the zoning exceptions because the property is zoned for agricultural use.


The County Council, which sits as the county's Zoning Appeals Board, is scheduled to hear T. C. Simons' appeal at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The hearing will take place in the council chambers on Level A of the County Courthouse in Bel Air.

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