The Morristown town government has hired Ruggiano Engineering of St. Albans to help it rework the Act 250 permit that allows it to remove gravel from the municipally owned Duhamel gravel pit.

The existing pit is nearly spent, and the town wants to begin removing gravel from a different portion of the 315-acre property. However, its Act 250 permit must be amended for that to happen.

Last week, the select board accepted a $18,900 bid from Ruggiano Engineering to assist the town staff in preparing to ask state Act 250 officials to approve a change in the permit late this year or early next year.

One issue the select board will consider is what kind of recreation should be allowed on the Duhamel property, long a hotspot for mountain biking, hiking and hunting. One local resident’s plans to put a disc golf course on part of the property drew criticisms from some residents.

The select board plans a site visit to the Duhamel property Aug. 1 and “the public is invited, including anyone interested in the different recreational uses,” said Dan Lindley, the town administrator.

— Andrew Martin

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