After more than five hours of public comment and debate that
stretched between two separate meetings, and a tie vote resulting in
no recommendation from the town of Cedarburg Plan Commission,
expansion plans for Jackson’s Lannon Stone Quarry were ultimately
scuttled on Friday.
the Dawson Family Trust officially notified the town of Cedarburg
that all petitions and applications were being withdrawn.
has been substantial support for the pending applications, there has
also been even more opposition from citizen neighbors,” wrote Donald
Levy from Levy and Levy, SC in a letter to the town of Cedarburg.
“As you can tell from our presentation before the Cedarburg Plan
Commission, we have listened to the concerns of citizens as
presented at these meetings and have endeavored to take measures
which would alleviate the majority of those concerns.
“We regret that
these concessions were not sufficient to cause the Plan Commission
to make a favorable recommendation,” he continued. “Thus, the Dawson
Trust has elected to take matters off the table at the current
first came before the town of Cedarburg Board of Supervisors in
December. The Dawson Family Trust was seeking to rezone parcels from
agricultural and conservancy to a quarrying district and to request
a change to the town’s existing berm requirements in addition to
filing for a conditional use permit.
At that time,
no discussion or action took place. The matter then returned before
the board on Jan. 3. The board tabled the requests until the next
scheduled meeting, which also allowed for a public hearing to be
held before the plan commission.
allow us to intelligently plan and manage for the future,” Hans
Dawson of Lannon Stone Products told the town board last Wednesday.
first public hearing, a number of residents objected to the
expansion plans based on existing truck noise levels, including the
“beep-beep-beep” sound required by federal law to identify that a
truck is backing up.
“We don’t get a
lot of calls at the quarry (about complaints), but we heard things
we haven’t heard before at these meetings,” said Dawson on
Wednesday. “We’ve taken steps to address the
concerns that people have brought
He noted that
the company purchased and had been testing a new type of back-up
alarm and was now planning to install it on all of the company
trucks. Additionally, the company realized that the process of
building a berm has not decreased noise levels, but rather had the
opposite effect, as the trucks used in its construction were
generating more noise.
“Our staff has
actually recommended that, if this project is approved, we construct
it as one short project,” he said.
residents appeared to appreciate the steps the company was taking to
address their concerns, still others continued to oppose the
“This is a real
choice you guys are going to have,” said town of Cedarburg resident
Dave Eitel. “Are you going to choose for the interest of the company
or the interests of the town of Cedarburg?”
“This is about
how close you would like a quarry to your home,” said town of
Cedarburg resident Robert Montgomery. “This is something that has an
emotional impact for those of us who live in this area.”
But still other
residents advocated for its expansion.
“This is a tough
decision to make; I’m seeing friends and neighbors here on both
sides of the issue,” said town of Cedarburg resident Kevin Kennedy.
“We’re talking 550 feet to expand the current mine. Stone is cheap;
hauling it is expensive. I hope you can mitigate the neighbors’
concerns and make it work.”
withdrawal of the requests, the matter is no longer up for
consideration by the Town Board. The letter sent to the town did
note the following: “We will endeavor to make the quarry even more
neighbor friendly so that sometime in the near future we will be in
a position to obtain the necessary approvals to expand the the
quarry into the town of Cedarburg with the blessings of our
<<EARLIER: Support for quarry expansion mixed