Supervisors okay Pattison lease

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By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors met Monday, March 27, and approved a lease agreement between the county and Pattison Sand for an underground sand mine on the county’s Great River Road right-of-way. Although 14 people attended the public hearing before the approval, there were no objections.

“The Great River Road is unique in the county,” County Engineer Rafe Koopman said.  “Clayton County actually owns the land the road is on instead of just having an easement. This lease agreement affects less than five acres of land.”

Pattison Sand already has mining rights on both sides of the affected area of the Great River Road. “This agreement will help us plan for the future,” said Kyle Pattison. “It will give us a chance to expand when we feel it is necessary.”

When Pattison Sand decides to develop the leased area, the county will be paid 50 cents per ton of silica sand that is removed.

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