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State & Province NEWS by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief AGGREGATES MANAGER May 2014 4 State & Province NEWS by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief email@example.com Colorado Martin Marietta's acquisition of former Lafarge operations in Colorado appears to be yielding strong dividends. The Coloradoan.com reports that its study of funds collected through the Keep Fort Collins Great Tax, a .85-percent sales tax approved in 2010, shows that the company received almost $10 million in contracts for street work throughout the city. To date, $21.5 million have been spent on street maintenance and repair work. Road improvements were a top priority for funds generated by the voter- approved measure. To date, the city has collected $65 million and anticipates proceeds of approximately $240 million over its 10-year life. Alabama Kane Barker, an assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Shorter University, received the 2013-14 Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence and Campus Lead- ership Award. CVN News reports that the $1,000 award is given to a junior faculty member who displays strong campus leadership, creative course development, pioneering teaching methodology, and instruction support, along with model classroom teaching. e professor must also be helpful in advising students and illustrate a willingness to spend individual time with students to assist them ac- ademically. Barker holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Geor- gia Tech and teaches chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, inorganic chemistry, and scientiﬁ c literacy. To keep up to date with this breakdown of news in the United States and Canada, visit www.AggMan.com for daily updates. Connecticut According to myrecordjournal.com, York Hill Trap Rock Quarry Co. has received tentative approval for a permit to discharge storm water runoﬀ from its mining activities into Harbor Brook, as well as groundwater in the Quinnipiac River watershed. Flood Control Implementation Agency Chairman Phil Ashton told the news agency that it was a "normal permit" needed because sediment could run into the brook. He added, "I'd be more concerned from the (sand) and runoﬀ from the streets." Georgia Flowery Branch City Council unanimously approved the 41-acre expansion of Vulcan Material Co.'s quarry. AccessNorthGa.com reports that all parties were able to resolve concerns regarding the impact of zoning and annexation of adjacent properties in order to facilitate the agreement. Mayor Mike Miller told the news outlet that Vulcan commi ed to make additional eﬀ orts to beautify the corridor along Hog Mountain Road so that residents would not feel a negative impact from the expansion. Idaho An April ﬁ re at a site in Star damaged three semi trucks belonging Idaho Sand and Gravel. According to KTVB.com, the company had 17 trucks at the site when the ﬁ re broke out. Investigators found no evidence of arson. All signs pointed to an electrical issue in the cab of one of the trucks. An Idaho Sand and Gravel employee said the ﬁ re caused more than $500,000 in damage. Maine Hughes Brothers is suing the town of Eddington over a moratorium that would impact its plans for a quarry there. WABI TV5 reports the operator applied for a permit last fall. Janet Hughes, the company's environmental manager, told the television station that the planning board assured them that a initiative on future quarry applications would not aﬀ ect them, but then held a secret session which changed the moratorium — making it retroactive for 180 days. On April 8, voters approved the moratorium. Hughes told reporters that the town would be be er oﬀ to allow it to move forward with the permit it requested; otherwise, it would have to proceed with plans for a smaller operation that is closer to houses. California The South Coast Air Quality Management District installed a new air quality station on the grounds of Valley View Elementary School in Duarte. According to The Pasa- dena Star-News, the station will monitor PM 10 particles near the boundary between the school and Vulcan Materials Co.'s operation. The city of Duarte previously spent $750,000 to bar the neighboring community of Azusa from allowing the op- erations to be moved to the location. Barbara Goodrich-Welk, Vulcan's manager of external affairs, told the newspaper that the project's emissions are "below AQMD thresholds established to govern air quality," but understood residents' concerns. "We applaud the city of Duarte for monitoring and working with the AQMD," she said, "and we are conﬁ dent in our operations and the environmental management systems we've put in place to safeguard human health."