Archive for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quarry agreement on county agenda

May 27, 2009


The Douglas County Commission tonight could approve an agreement on a rock quarry operation that has generated complaints and legal action from neighbors.

At 6:35 p.m. at the courthouse, 1100 Mass., commissioners will consider approving a negotiated court-sanctioned agreement with Mid-States Materials LLC of Topeka and its operation of the Big Springs Quarry, west of Lawrence and near the Shawnee County line.

A draft of the agreement outlines reclamation plans and other land-use regulations for the site that Mid-States bought from Martin Marietta Materials in 2007.

Neighbors had accused Martin Marietta officials of not living up to conditions of the original permit issued in 1990, and the two sides settled a federal lawsuit out of court earlier this year.

Property owners are still asking Mid-States to give attention to their environmental concerns through the agreement.


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