The Sheridan County Commissioners Tuesday approved a request for a conditional use permit for property owned by Bruce Sheeley. The CUP allows for 40 acres of a 645 acre parcel of land to be used for the temporary stockpiling of crushed aggregate and a temporary hot mix plant that will be used for the resurfacing of U.S. Highway 14 and Wyoming State Highway 343. Commissioner Mike Nickel explains why he voted in favor of the CUP.
Nickel did however amend the motion to include a 5-year time limit on the CUP, which is something that Commissioners typically don't do.
In a related matter, the Commission denied a waiver request from Sheeley to extend operations on the Sheeley Ranch Columbus Creek Quarry through the month of April. In January, Commissioners approved a waiver request that allowed for the 10-acre quarry to operate within half a mile of residences. That waiver was approved with the condition that crushing and screening would only be permitted November through March. Although the waiver request Tuesday failed to pass, Commissioner Bob Rolston voted in favor of it because of possible hardship it may cause to the permit holder.
In a letter sent to the County in mid February requesting the waiver, it stated that the current operator of the quarry, McMurry Ready Mix does not feel that the six week window will allow them the time to crush and screen enough material to fulfill their needs for the two WYDOT jobs they have contracted.