Work to start on quarry after decision reversed

Allen County commissioners reversed an earlier decision and approved a permit for a rock quarry between Iola and Humboldt.

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August 19, 2020 - 9:33 AM

David Gant, Humboldt, stands next to a plot of land he hopes to see converted into a limestone quarry near Humboldt Hill. REGISTER/ RICHARD LUKEN

With permission from the county in hand, work will begin soon to start up a rock quarry near Humboldt Hill.

Allen County commissioners reversed last week an earlier decision to deny a conditional use permit to begin quarrying rock northwest of Old 169 and Louisiana Road between Iola and Humboldt. The permit was sought by D&D Propane, Inc., and Mid-States Materials LLC, a subsidiary of Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc. D&D is owned by David Gant, who also owns the land on which the rock will be extracted.

The permit brings to an end more than a year of legal wrangling between the companies and Allen County, buttressed with comment from neighboring landowners opposed to the project.

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