- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An Iowa-based concrete supplier is making a second attempt to establish a limestone quarry operation in a scenic part of western South Dakota.

Croell Redi-Mix Inc., of New Hampton, Iowa, is asking the Pennington County Commission to approve a construction permit to expand the Perli Quarry southwest of Rapid City. The company bought property including the quarry last fall from the Perli family for nearly $1.8 million.

The quarry is near the Reptile Gardens and Bear Country USA tourist attractions and on a prime tourist route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Some area residents fear a larger open-pit rock quarry might spoil the scenic Black Hills area, endanger highway traffic and damage residential water wells. Duane Abata, who lives a mile from the Perli Quarry, said nearby residents aren’t in opposition to mining.

“We’re concerned that this is in our - and by that I mean everyone’s - front yard,” Abata said.

The permit application was originally included on an agenda for a Dec. 21 Pennington County Planning Commission meeting. But members voted to pull it and delay it until a Feb. 8 meeting.

A company representative, Matt McPhee, declined comment on the permit application to the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1PnGYKx ).

Croell Redi-Mix last year sought permission to open a different limestone quarry in the area. County officials rejected the request. The company has concrete, paving and aggregate operations in seven states, including South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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