Douglas County commissioners will try again Wednesday to resolve a dispute surrounding the Big Springs Quarry near Lecompton.
Mid-States Materials, LLC, which owns the quarry, is asking to change the phasing schedule for its operations so it can mine on two parcels that straddle the Douglas-Shawnee County line simultaneously.
The quarry, which covers about five square miles of land in Douglas County plus additional land in Shawnee County, produces limestone rock that is used for road gravel and other construction material.
But some nearby property owners have objected, saying the proposed change would interfere with plans they have for their property.
County commissioners considered the proposal in March but referred the request to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission for a full hearing. On May 20, the Planning Commission voted 8-2 to deny the proposed change.
Officials from Mid-States argue that the change would be more efficient for their operation because they could serve the two adjoining parcels with a single haul road.
That would present a problem for the owners of Lone Oak Hunting Sports, a hunting and shooting lodge just east of the quarry. The lodge is adjacent to the area that is currently scheduled for the next phase of mining operations.
David Bufo, an attorney for Lone Oak, said the owners of the lodge recently listed the property for sale, and the "uncertainty" created if the change is approved could drive down the sale price of that land.
Also objecting are Robert and Michele Best, who own 90 acres of land on East 50 Road, adjacent to where Mid-States proposes to mine next.
They also expressed concern about the "uncertainty" of future operations that would be created if the county approved the change. And they said the quarry could disrupt the flow of spring water into their stock pond.
Commissioners will consider the request when they meet at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse.
in other business, the commission will consider:
• Waiving plat access restrictions for Holladay Subdivision in Palmyra Township, in southeast Douglas County.
• An agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to reimburse the county for the cost of maintaining local roads near the portion of U.S. Highway 56 that is closed for bridge replacements.
• An amendment to the zoning code to add nanobreweries as a business that can be authorized under a conditional use permit.
• And authorizing the sheriff to complete the purchase of a 2013 Ford Policy Interceptor utility vehicle for $25,263.