The proposed quarry
expansion is located on the far western end of the town.
Map courtesy of the town of
CEDARBURG — With the seats filled and residents lining
the walls, the Cedarburg Town Board last week listened
to divided input during a public hearing on requests
that would ultimately allow the Dawson Family Trust to
expand the Jackson Quarry into Ozaukee County.
“What we are asking to do is to rezone the land we own
in the town of Cedarburg, which will eventually expand
the quarry about 550 feet,” said Hans Dawson, a
third-generation owner of the Lannon Stone Quarry. “We
are the only quarry operating in Washington County;
currently there are no operating quarries in Ozaukee
Dawson explained the economic impact his family’s
company has, both for its workers and the area. The
quarry provides between 25 and 30 full-time jobs with an
annual salary of $75,000 to $100,000. About a third of
the attendees at the town board meeting were employees
in support of the expansion.
“But quarries also produce a heavy product, and by
having a nearby quarry, we keep building costs low for
roads and other municipal construction projects,” he
said. “There is an economic need for a local quarry.”
Following his presentation, a number of town residents
expressed concerns about the expansion, primarily over
blasting and truck noise.
“It’s not fair to complain (about the quarry) as it was
already here when a number of people purchased homes in
the town,” said Town Board member Gary Wickert. “But I
have heard that it is getting worse.”
Dawson noted that the work planned for the town site was
long term, and that the only immediate work would be
grading and berm construction.
would be looking quite a bit into the
future in terms of
actual quarry expansion,” he said.
house was built in 1878 and I moved there in 2005,” said
Tim Hartley. “We didn’t have a lot of trouble when we
moved there, but now I wake up most every morning to the
sound of beep-beep-beep.”
wake up to beep-beep-beep and it’s there all day long,”
said Janet Montgomery. “If you do this, I fear our house
will no longer be a house we want to live in.”
Residents also took issue with the quarry’s blasting,
though Dawson noted that his company has taken steps to
minimize the intrusion to local residents and the impact
the blast has on humans and structures.
Using a scientific chart, he explained that the
frequency of the blast wave is kept at a point where it
does no harm.
blast lasts about half a second, and we know that part
of the issue is the surprise factor,” he said, noting
that the quarry had scheduled blasts 27 times last year.
“We maintain a call list and we do call ahead of time
when we blast. I’m not going to say it’s not
aggravating, but it is safe.”
proposals before the Town Board are to rezone two
parcels of property, 43.55 acres currently zoned prime
agricultural and 22.61 acres zoned agricultural and
conservancy, to a quarrying district and to change the
town’s berm ordinance from a 1-foot slope to a 3-foot
handful of employees spoke in support of the proposal,
noting that the company has been a good neighbor and
employer in the Jackson community. Retired Ozaukee
County Highway Commissioner Robert Dreblow also spoke in
support of it.
fully appreciate the concerns,” he said. “But you do
have the ability to tightly control this through your
conditional use permit. This is a resource that needs to
be utilized by everyone in the county.”
point was also noted by former Town Supervisor Terry
“Right now, the town of Cedarburg has virtually no
control over Lannon Stone Products,” he said. “I urge
the board to approve this to get some control; the only
way to move forward and address some of the issues is by
Skebba added that Dawson does have a history of
willingness to work through concerns and has appeared
before the town in the past when issues were raised.
think he is willing to work with us,” he said.
Skebba also addressed the concern that numerous
residents brought up in regards to truck noise.
beep-beep-beep is when a truck backs up, and that’s
required by federal law,” he said. “You can’t take that
off the truck.”
After more than two-and-a-half hours of public comment,
the Town Board decided to table both measures until the
have some concerns about the protocol here,” said
Wickert. “This was not discussed at Plan Commission,
there are no findings of fact. I’m just bursting at the
seams; I have questions, but no answers.”
Attorney Brad Hoeft also noted that the town had
received a protest filing on the matter earlier in the
day on Thursday, which he had not fully reviewed prior
to the meeting.
of Monday morning, the town was still reviewing the
filing, which was filed by contiguous landowners to the
property in question. Should it be determined that 20
percent of the contiguous landowners are protesting the
rezoning, it must be passed by a super majority of
supervisors (four of five). Should the protest be
determined to be invalid, a simple majority of
supervisors (three of five) can approve it.