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25 years ago: Rural residents get final say against asphalt plant

April 25, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 25, 1988:

After two months of contentious debate, residents of Kanwaka Township had finally emerged the victors in a battle against a proposed asphalt plant. Douglas County commissioners, attending to homeowners' worries about traffic and health safety hazards, had unanimously decided to deny a temporary business use permit for the plant. The Ottawa firm of Killough Inc. had asked for a two-year permit for the plant at the quarry on Township Road 120, two miles north of U.S. 40 and County 442, about four miles west of Lawrence. "The road is just a farm road and never was intended as an industrial road," said Spike Santee, representing neighbors in the area. "The asphalt plant would present an industrial grade traffic problem." He added that the plant could also result in noise and health hazards as well as declining land values.

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