New Hanover Township Supervisors held off voting on the Gibraltar Rock Quarry final site plan approval Monday night.
The meeting had just one business item on the agenda, "consider a motion regarding a final plan application for Gibraltar Rock."
The meeting came 12 days after the township planning commission voted unanimously against recommending an approval of a final site plan for the project, which has been a legal and political football for 19 years.
In many ways, Monday night's meeting was a re-hash of the planning commission meeting, although, thankfully, it too was not four hours long.
As they did for the planners, township consultants gave the supervisors an overview of what they see as the inconsistencies in the plan that has been revised three times since the preliminary approval was granted in 2015.
Then Stephen Harris, the attorney for Gibraltar Rock, who has been with this application longer than all of the supervisors and nearly all of the township staff, gave a lengthy rebuttal to those points.
What was new last night was a request by Harris that Supervisor W. Ross Snook recuse himself from voting due to his work as a consultant for the township in 2015. Harris described that work as "opposing" the project.According to the minutes of the township supervisor meeting of Aug. 10, 2015, Snook was hired “as a consultant to assist with Gibraltar Rock at an hourly rate of $90. Work assignments and requests for payment will be reviewed and monitored by the solicitor and township manager,” according to the minutes.