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SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Commissioners approved a 20-year quarry permit for a 10-acre quarry located off East Ridge Road at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
Big Horn Land and Leasing will excavate, grade, stockpile and haul topsoil and construction fill material from the site for use on local construction projects. Crushing is not proposed.
Owner Jason Spielman said approximately 50,000 yards of excess material will be removed and used as needed.
Spielman approached the county commissioners Tuesday to discuss the terms of the quarry permit, which included sharing the cost of dust suppression on East Ridge Road at a cost not to exceed $2,259 per year.
Spielman said since the quarry will operate on an as-needed basis, he thought the cost share was too high to make his business economically viable. Over the 20 years of the permit, Spielman would have to pay more than $45,000 for the application of magnesium chloride on the portion of East Ridge Road used by his haul trucks.
County Engineer Ken Muller said all quarries are assessed half the cost of dust suppression on the portions of roads they use to haul material.
Commissioners and staff then discussed the need to more clearly define what constitutes a quarry and what options there may be to work with Spielman.
Commissioner Mike Nickel proposed approving the permit as it was with plans to negotiate the cost of dust suppression on an ongoing basis — perhaps by tracking the number of haul loads taken out of East Ridge Quarry along East Ridge Road.
Sheridan County Planning Commission recommended approval of the quarry permit at its May 2 meeting with three conditions regarding dust control, a 20-year permit limit and hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In other business, county commissioners approved vacating several alleys and roads in Parkman that are no longer used by the public in response to a petition from adjacent landowners. Two written objections were received, but Muller, who was appointed to assess the situation, said he thought the right-of-ways offered no beneficial public use.
The vacation was approved with the condition that one alley running northwest between Huntington and North Streets will become a private road for use by adjacent landowners but not the public. Landowners will be issued quick claim deeds to the alley, making it their deeded property, Muller said.
The alley will also be reserved as an easement for existing and future utilities.
“The county commissioners are entrusted to keep dedicated public roads open, so that’s why there is a process to take away the public dedication of that,” Muller said.
“They did have a couple landowners who are adjacent to the vacation request say they would still like to use that alleyway, so that’s what they reserved is that northwest trending alley that will still be able to be used by all the adjacent landowners,” he added.
Muller said vacation requests are considered by the county once every couple of years when old public right-of-ways are no longer used. The vacated roads and alleys in Parkman were platted in 1894.