Butler County Times Gazette
  • Landowner voices concerns on quarry

  • Following in line with the issues of Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) at Tuesday’s Butler County Commission meeting, Troy Newman, a landowner currently residing in Towanda, came before the commission to address an ongoing issue on the quarry just east of his property.
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  • Following in line with the issues of Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) at Tuesday’s Butler County Commission meeting, Troy Newman, a landowner currently residing in Towanda, came before the commission to address an ongoing issue on the quarry just east of his property.
    “It is grandfathered in inappropriately as a quarry,” commented Newman. “Just recently it was purchased by a construction company and since then it been used quite heavily.”
    With the new continual use of the quarry, the noise level of the machinery and various pieces of equipment is tremendous – enough to send vibrations through surrounding houses, which is certainly different than neighbor’s have had in the past.
    “I’ve lived on this property for 12 years,” added Newman. “I’ve spoken to the city council and talked to 15 neighbors. There has been times that this has not been in operation for over a period of six months.”
    With the current law, a CUP can be grandfathered in to past regulations as long as the operations have not ceased for a period of more than six months. Because the noise and the newly apparent safety issue of the location and operation of the quarry, neighbors have grown concerned.
    “Those gravel trucks blow that stop sign 100 percent of the time,” said Newman. “It’s just a matter of time before someone is injured or killed. Please investigate this issue.”
    A new CUP would allow for the addition stipulations that would allow the commission to control some key issues: hours of operation, noise abatement, dust control and equipment standards.
    “The commission is going to look into the issue,” said Commissioner Dan Woydziak. “We will be contacting you to further discuss this.”
    The commission also:
    • presented a Kansas Certified Emergency Manager certificate to Melissa Shaw from the Health Department.
    • received a report on the recent WAMPO Transportation Policy Body meeting.
    • discussed items included in the engagement letter for services related to purchase of right-of-way for the Fourmile Creek Bridge project.
    • received and opened sealed bids for the purchase of two rubber tired pneumatic rollers for the highway department.
    • approved the annual purchase of skid steer loaders on a guaranteed buy-back program through Bobcat.
    • approved the application of a mastic seal road surface treatment and for pavement line striping for SW Butler Road between Andover and Rose Hill.
    • approved payment in the amount of $49,258.14 for the 2013-2014 software support of the Sungard applications.
    • completed a work session of IRDs for Mid Kansas CoOp Facility located in Butler Road and K254 Highway for the construction of a new grain elevator.
    Page 2 of 2 - • discussed and added additional items to the requests for proposal needed for seeking new legal council services.
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