Commissioners Hear Concerns Over Proposed Gravel Pit

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

At their meeting Tuesday, the Johnson County Commissioners heard concerns from landowners in the area of a proposed gravel pit on Shell Creek Road northwest of Buffalo.

Troy Erhrmantraut, whose house sits within 60 feet of a haul road and within one third of a mile from an existing mine and the prosed site, told the commission he is not in favor of zoning in the county, but wants some kind of Resolution from the commission that would restrict pits within one mile of a residence, similar to an existing regulation in Sheridan County.

Other issues discussed were noise, hours of operation and dust abatement and how the county can be sure the companies operating the mines or their subcontractors are held accountable when the noise, hours and dust become problems.

Commissioner Smokey Wildeman said the commissioners are willing to help the landowners in the county any way they can.

The Commissioners will send representation to the public hearing which is tentatively scheduled for July 12 at the Environmental Quality Council's offices in Cheyenne.

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