MC Commissioners were told both sides

Friday, March 2, 2007

by Clint Confehr

Staff Writer

Both sides were heard by Marshall County Commissioners this week during a public hearing on whether land should be rezoned for a rock quarry and related activities.

One of the applicants, a potential customer, and a self-described disgruntled former employee of another quarry company who now advocates the rezoning sought by B&W Excavating which has offices just west of Unionville.

Opponents shot back to defend their homes, the environment, and in some cases to refute public statements made on this issue which has been before county leaders before, but is back since the August elections.

Even the attorney of an opposition group chimed in to defend his own image as the issue has been contentious to the point of allegations and counter allegations.

Here's an overview of the public hearing conducted in a standing-room-only meeting room on the second floor of the Marshall County Courthouse Annex on Monday night.

ISAC ZIMMERELE said he lives about three miles from the potential quarry site on land next to the Pottsville Quarry operated by the Rogers Group. He has land within a mile from those sites and says he's looking for a new source of crushed stone. He also wants B&W to open a quarry because they'll employ local people. In response to a question from a county commissioner, he said that he has not had a reduction in the value of his properties, nor does he anticipate a decline.