Pottawatomie County Commissioners heard an hour of public comment Monday regarding a proposed rock quarry near Wheaton by Topeka-based Mid-States Materials.

The Planning Commission voted earlier this spring 4-3 to recommend denial of a conditional use permit for the quarry. Concerned landowners spoke about why they are opposed to the project. Travis Ross, a fourth generation farmer in the area, is worried about natural resources that could be impacted.

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Nearby landowner Natalie Krohn expressed frustration with the commission for drawing out the process for consideration, following the Planning Commission’s initial denial.

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Mid-States Materials representative Rich Eckert explained why the company has such an interest in this location.

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Some residents have shared concerns that quarrying will bring more dust into the Wheaton area and jeopardize underground wells. Eckert says Mid-States Materials has never had a claim against a water well to date in any prior projects.

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Kansas Gas Service Community Relations Manager Kara Titus says it has engaged Mid-States Materials to help move the project forward. She says they recommend the county amend the fifth condition on the permit.

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Resident Lawrence Ubel recommended the county board send the issue back to the planning commission.

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Commissioners will hold a special evening meeting June 20 where a vote may take place to override or uphold the Planning Commission’s decision. That meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Room in Westmoreland.

To read more extensively about the ongoing projects up for consideration visit pottcounty.org.

Full public comment from citizens is below:

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Full public comment from the applicant is shared below:

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