Quarry OK'd by zoning board

Sunday, May 27, 2007
Photo by Clint Confehr Marshall County Zoning Appeals Board Chairman Clint Edmonson, left, observes Jim Patterson, center, the environmental manager with St. John Engineering, describe what's to be done when a quarry is developed some 10 miles east of Chapel Hill, as County Commissioner Mary Ann Neill, right, looks on.

Plans for a second quarry near Pottsville have been granted another procedural step toward development of an operation for which two businessmen have invested about $6.5 million.

With a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Marshall County Board of Zoning Appeals granted a special exception for Marshall County Stone LLC, a business that's faced protestors at previous meetings.

There were no protestors at the BZA meeting. Opposition has been from area residents. They've also complained about truck traffic and blasting at the long-established quarry operated by the Rogers Group. Supporters say an independent quarry should be allowed to compete with the corporation's quarry and that ought to lower the price of crushed rock.

"That is a real good place for a quarry," BZA Chairman Clint Edmonson said. That area, some 10 miles west of Chapel Hill, "is about as rough as it gets" in Marshall County.

County Commissioner Mary Ann Neill represents a district in North Marshall County and works as a property appraiser.

"The highest and best use of that land is a quarry," Neill said.

Site plan approval is the next hurdle for Todd Warner and his partner Chris Brothers. They may request that during the next meeting of the planning commission. That's to be at 2 p.m. June 21.

Warner said he and Brothers "are looking at new and used equipment" for their quarry machinery. They estimated their company's investment at about $6 million to $7 million "by the time it's up and running."

Brothers and Warner operate other development businesses including B&W Excavation based between Unionville and Shelbyville. They estimated their use of crushed rock at a cost of $1.5 million annually.

Marshall County Stone retained St. John Engineering for the quarry's design and the Manchester firm's environmental manager, Jim Patterson, attended the BZA meeting Tuesday with Warner and Brothers.

Warner said the partnership has permits from the state to clear land on the 124 acres where on-site roads will be built, as well as landscaping berms and buildings.

Patterson explained to the committee that the quarry will have a federal NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) for control of storm water and possibly wastewater if something other than a pump and haul system will be used.

BZA member Will Wilson asked if the businessmen plan to have a concrete plant on their property and Warner replied, "Not immediately, but we have set aside some land for it."

Motorists driving by will see as much of the planned quarry as what they see of the Rogers Group quarry, Warner said.