Commission OKs asphalt plant rezoning

Friday, May 2, 2008

Marshall County commissioners may have voted Monday to rezone land for an asphalt plant at the Marshall County Stone quarry, but the business plan faces another hurdle.

The county's Board of Zoning Appeals is to consider Wright Paving Co.'s request after another public hearing at 4:30 p.m. on May 20 in the County Courthouse Annex. Comments heard before the monthly commission meeting were from residents opposed to the plant and businessmen asking for approval.

County Zoning Administrator Don Nelson reported he visited Wright Paving's asphalt plant in Shelbyville, where the only time he smelled an odor was when asphalt went from a delivery chute to a truck and even then the smell was nominal. Nelson quoted a Shelbyville official as saying the business was a good corporate citizen and the city had no problems from its operation.

Tony Buchholz of Hunters Chase Drive near the quarry distributed copies a report from state Treasury Comptroller John Morgan's research office concluding there's a preponderance of asphalt plants in this region because of the number of quarries.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.