Contentious Quarry by Columbus Creek Road

Contentious Quarry by Columbus Creek Road

The Sheridan County Commissioners started off the new year with a fairly hefty meeting, lasting not quite 3 hours with the board room packed with attendees. So what was the issue that drew an almost standing-room-only crowd? Sheridan Media's Betsy Love has the story:

In 2004, a rock quarry located on a 10-acre parcel of land off Columbus Creek Road “opened for business.” This quarry, owned by Bruce Sheeley, was intended as a mine to crush aggregate for highway resurfacing. However, after only about 3 months, the petition was withdrawn.

A new request was put forth at the Commissioner's meeting Tuesday to “reopen” the quarry in approximately the same location.

The request was ultimately approved on a narrow 3-2 vote, with Commissioner Terry Cram voting against it, and also Commissioner Mike Nickel:

Commissioner Steve Maier was among the three who voted in favor. And he says that despite a preponderance of people voicing opposition to the quarry at the meeting, they also received a number of letters in support of the quarry:

The original request was to allow the quarry to operate for 7 years; the commissioners added the stipulation that the quarry could operate for 2 and then have to be re-approved. However, whether the current application will face further legal challenges is uncertain.

For News, this is Betsy Love reporting.

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