Douglas County Commission to consider permit that would allow quarry near Eudora to expand its operation

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The Douglas County Courthouse is pictured in September 2018.

A Douglas County quarry just outside of Eudora is looking to expand its operation.

The County Commission on Wednesday will consider amendments to a conditional use permit that would allow Hamm Quarry, 2364 North 1200 Road, to expand into 51 acres west of the property. The amended permit would also allow the quarry to expand the amount of land that can be mined at one time from 30 acres to 50 acres.

The quarry currently has two parcels of land totaling close to 200 acres. If approved, the new permit would allow the quarry to expand its mining operation directly west into the 51-acre parcel, which is at 1258 East 2300 Road.

The company said in its application it hopes to expand its mining operation with the amended permit. In May, the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission voted 8-2 to recommend forwarding the permit to the County Commission for approval.

The company also requested for the permit to allow the quarry to expand its hours of operation for production and extraction from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. However, the Planning Commission recommended that request be denied. Instead, the Planning Commission recommended approval for the hours to be changed to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, while keeping 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

In other business, the commissioners will hear a report from Danielle Buschkoetter, budget and strategic initiatives administrator for the City of Lawrence. The report will focus on the city’s Internal Service Fund, according to a presentation included in the meeting agenda.

The County Commission will meet Wednesday through an online video conference at 5:30 p.m. The meetings will be open to the walk-in public at the county courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., but a link for the public to watch live online is available on the county’s website, Residents may also call in and listen by phone by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering meeting ID 912-5227-0310.

Full audio from the meeting will continue to be posted on the county’s website, as usual. The meeting’s full agenda may also be found on the county’s website.

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