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Quarry south of Dayton gets OK

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Commissioners approved by a vote of 5-0 a quarry to be located approximately two miles south of Dayton at their meeting Tuesday. The 227-acre quarry will be used for three upcoming projects on Interstate 90.

The Wolf Creek State Land Quarry was recommended for approval, with six conditions, by the Sheridan County Planning Commission at its meeting Nov. 7. That meeting was attended by several nearby residents who expressed concerns about road safety, operation hours, drainage issues and disruption of area wildlife including sharp-tailed grouse and long-billed kerns.

Following that meeting, Wyoming Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Jerry Buckley and resident Bob Berry began working together to make the quarry more acceptable to nearby residents.

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, Buckley said that he worked with Berry to relocate portions of the quarry to a more suitable location. Locations for gravel pits have also been proposed in areas that slope entirely to the north, which will alleviate concerns about drainage into two draws on Berry’s land that lead to reservoirs south of the quarry.

Hauling operations will not go along Soldier Creek Road or through Ranchester, Buckley said.

The quarry will be mined sporadically, approximately 30 acres at a time, as each project on I-90 is completed. The first project will cover Acme to Ranchester, from mile marker 10-15, and will begin in January 2014. The second project will stretch between mile markers 5-10 and will begin in October 2017. The third project will run south from the Montana state line from mile markers 0-5. It will begin in October 2018.

WYDOT requested the quarry to provide a nearby gravel source for contractors in order to level the playing field and get competitive bids on the projects from companies that may not have their own quarries nearby.

Commissioners approved the quarry with six conditions including: a requirement for dust suppression on all county roads, a 10-year permit limit, that the site be staked before excavation, hours of operation from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, restriction on excavation near water drainages and draws in the area and restriction of hauling operations on one day in the summer when SR Cattle Company moves its cattle north to Montana.

“Quarries can be rather contentious sometimes,” County Commissioner Tom Ringley said. “In this case, I think WYDOT went beyond the pale to work with Mr. Berry, and I think everybody will be happy about it. In the meantime, WYDOT will have a good source of gravel to use for some important highway projects.”

In other business, commissioners approved 11 mobile home park license renewals. These included Arvada MHP, B-B Mobile Ranch, Bell Trailer Park, Country Park, Easy Street Park, Mitchell Court, Mobile Haven Trailer Court, Wagon Box MHP, Willow Park, Woodland Park Village and McGillivary Mobil Home Park.

The BOCC also reappointed Robert Hamilton to the Predator Management District of Sheridan County for a term to end Dec. 31, 2017.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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