- 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.

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

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