Decision near on quarry request

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February 20, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Allen County commissioners will decide next week whether to allow Mid-States Materials to install a rock quarry on the south side of Humboldt Hill. 

The contentious issue has been boiling for almost a year now. Twice the Allen County Planning Board has denied Mid-States Materials and landowner David Gant the conditional use permit required to mine rock from the land. But is was never enough to scare Mid-States away. Earlier this month representatives from the aggregate materials company took their case for a quarry to the commission directly.

Just as persistent, however, are a handful of local residents, who have pursued a polite but dogged resistance against the placement of the quarry, citing the potential for property damage, the increased chance for traffic accidents, the concern that the zoning change would set a doomed precedent, and, finally, the disruption of the quiet way of life that blasting a quarry portends. For its part, Mid-States continues to promise that any blasting they do will be safe and infrequent. Furthermore, they’ve pledged to leave the land in better shape — at least more aesthetically attractive — than when they found it.

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