Monarch drops quarry request


March 5, 2014 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — Plans by Monarch Cement Company to open a quarry about three miles northeast of Humboldt have been dropped — for the time being.
Allen County Counselor Alan Weber said David Bideau, Monarch’s attorney, advised him Tuesday that the cement plant was withdrawing its application for a conditional use permit to remove topsoil, limestone and shale, all ingredients of cement, from about 200 acres it owns north of town.
Monarch may file a revised application later, Bideau told Weber.
The immediate result is that a hearing on the issue before county commissioners next Tuesday has been canceled. Commissioners are the final authority in such matters.
Allen County Planning Board members heard an application for the conditional use permit, which would include hauling material from the site along two miles of 1300 Street, last Thursday evening. After about two hours of testimony, mainly from opponents living in the area, the six planners voted unanimously not to recommend approval of the conditional use permit.

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