County puts off decision on quarry request


Local News

February 6, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Representatives from Mid-States Materials appeared before the county commission Tuesday morning to revive their request to create a rock quarry on the south side of Humboldt Hill.

The land between Humboldt and Iola is currently zoned for agriculture, which means the county must approve a conditional use permit before crews from Mid-States Materials LLC — a subsidiary of Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc. — can begin mining the rock.

Last May, David Gant, the landowner of the proposed site, appealed to the Allen County Planning Board for the zoning permit. The board at that time voted unanimously to deny Gant’s request. Less than a week later, Gant chose to temporarily withdraw his application. It was reported, then, that Gant wanted to postpone the commission’s up or down vote on the quarry in hopes that he could visit with — and presumably assuage the concerns of — the handful of neighboring landowners opposed to the installation of a quarry.

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