At their March 1st meeting, the Sheridan County Commissioners denied a waiver request extending the operations of the Sheeley Ranch Columbus Creek Quarry to run through the end of April. In January, the County Commissioners approved the permit for the quarry, with one of the conditions being that crushing and screening would only take place November through March.
Sheridan County quarry regulations state that waiver requests for operational quarries only be granted to relieve or prevent hardship to the permit holder. That was the reason the Commission voted against the request on March 1st. Tuesday, property owner Bruce Sheeley once again requested the extension, this time with more detailed information on how not granting the waiver would cause hardship. Commission Chair Tom Ringley says that was enough to change the minds of the Commissioners.
Last week, Sheeley submitted an email to County staff detailing the financial impact that would be felt by both the Sheeley Ranch and McMurry Ready Mix should the waiver request not be granted. The quarry is providing materials for two WYDOT projects, the Parkman-Dayton overlay, and the Burgess Junction-Dayton Project. Sheeley told Commissioners that McMurry has told him that they would not be able to provide enough materials for the WYDOT projects by the end of the month, thus violating terms of their contract with WYDOT.
The Commissioners did not approve a portion of the request that would have extended the hours of operation Monday through Friday, and allowed crushing and screening on Saturdays as necessary.