Two quarries went up for consideration at Tuesday's Sheridan County Commission meeting. First, commissioners considered and approved the renewal of a 5-year permit for the Beaver Creek Connell Quarry, on the JC Ranch property owned by Mike Connell and accessed off of Beaver Creek Road.
The second quarry is the Lomax Land & Livestock Quarry, accessed off Tongue Canyon Road in Dayton. The quarry would be used to extract large boulders to be used for rip-rap on the Tongue River, replacing the junk cars that have been used for decades.
Another two-part consideration, commissioners first heard lengthy public comment regarding waiving the ½ mile from residences criteria. Commissioner Mike Nickel explains.
Nickel and Commissioner Steve Maier were out-voted, with the waiver passing. Resigned to that decision, consideration was then given to approving the quarry itself. Attorney Tim Kirven, speaking on behalf of the homeowners in the ½ mile zone, pointed out that it might be wise to wait to pass the permit so that the homeowners could be in on discussion of the conditions. It was evident that those opposed and those for the quarry at heart are all neighbors and friendly with one another; therefore the goal of the meeting from that point switched to a spirit of wanting to work together. Nickel comments.
The Commission tabled the vote on the Lomax Quarry, and the two parties are to meet and hammer out conditions before the next regular Commission meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 15th.