Fight Over Franklin Rock Quarry Not Over Yet

By Kristin Martin | 

SIMPSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- The fight over a rock quarry in Franklin is not coming to an end anytime soon, despite a speed bump for the quarry's construction Tuesday night.

"We're determined to keep on fighting. We didn't get in it for a short run. We knew it wouldn't be a short run. So we're prepared to go each round as we get to it," said David Carver, who is involved with Neighbors Against the Quarry.

The Simpson County Conditional Use Board voted three to two to revoke Charles Deweese Construction's permit.

"We were excited, but we know that it's not over with," Carver said. "We still have court dates coming up in October. They'll most likely re-apply, and we started this morning our work to try and head that off too."

The group Neighbors Against the Quarry has fought it from the start -- naming health and safety concerns.

"Just a few hundred feet from the park and of course the residents around here," Carver said.

A previous Planning and Zoning investigation found five areas in which the company allegedly violated its permit through quarry construction.

However, Tim Smith of Charles Deweese Construction, said, "Last night's testimony proved that we are in compliance with all non-conforming use permit covenants."

Smith also said the company will pursue all legal options available and will apply for another permit immediately.

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