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Cities Team Up To Battle Mine Project
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Oakdale Mayor Paul and Riverbank Mayor Madueno greet each other on the ROTA trolley

City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces as allies to encounter the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at their March 15, 2011 meeting. At issue –a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities

The crusade to Sonora consisted of both mayors, elected officials, and city staff members taking the Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority trolley up Highway 108 to the foothill city for the 1:30 p.m. meeting.

The Tuolumne Board Chambers were filled to capacity with additional concerned opponents of the development and proponents, consisting mostly of the mine project managers and railroad representatives

Ultimately, after nearly three hours of the hearing on the agenda item, the Tuolumne Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to hold off making a decision until their April 5, 2011 meeting.

The full story will be in the March 23, 2011 edition of The Leader.