The proposed rock quarry off of Columbus Creek was the big issue at the Sheridan County Commissioner's meeting this week. Being less than ½ mile from other houses, the proposed quarry owner, Bruce Sheeley, had to submit a waiver request that includes conditions to mitigate the adverse affects on the surrounding area from the quarry.
Some of these included limited hours and months of operation and an agreement to pay for necessary dust suppressant.
However, this request was met with strong opposition from neighbors. One neighbor, represented by Attorney Kim Cannon, cited health reasons, including a previously failed heart, as well as the aesthetic disturbances the quarry may cause.
Gail Sistrunk was one of the “neighborhood” residents opposed to the quarry:
One of the conditions the commissioners did change was the number of years the quarry could operate without re-approval—Sheeley asked for 7 and was granted 2. However, some did not see that as an adequate “compromise”:
According to County Commissioner Steve Maier, they received “many” letters in support of the quarry as well.
The material mined from the quarry is used in road and highway resurfacing.