UPDATE: Future Of Franklin Rock Quarry Has Been Determined

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SIMPSON COUNTY, Ky (WBKO) -- The Simpson County Conditional Use Board voted on the controversial rock quarry during last night's meeting.

"This issue has been a controversy here since it was first contemplated, back in February 2012," said Judge/Executive Jim Henderson.

Nearly two years after the construction began at the rock quarry, Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Administrator was directed to investigate the “Conditional Use Permit” issued to Charles Deweese Construction, regarding its rock quarry.

Five violations were found during the investigation. Neighbors claim one of the biggest concerns is that Charles Deweese Construction is now using an separate road to transport trucks, equipment and tools to the rock quarry.
Officials say the farmland used to provide a drive way was not listed in the CUP, nor was use of the road.

"It is a hilly, curvy road. The thought of putting a lot of heavy dump trucks loaded with gravel on that road is pretty frightening to people who live out that way," said Judge/Executive Jim Henderson.

A neighborhood group titled "Neighbors Against the Quarry" had high hopes of the permit being revoked.

"A revocation of the permit tonight would at least be a pause, I think. It would not be the end I am sure for the quarry operators," said Judge/Executive Jim Henderson.

Officials say some neighbors have filed an appeal to the board's original decision to issue the permit.

"There are other options out there for those who are against it, if the board doesn't do anything that is substantive tonight," said Judge/Executive Jim Henderson.

The Simpson County Conditional Use Board voted three to two to revoke Charles Deweese Construction's permit. More than 300 members of "Neighbors Against the Quarry" were in attendance.

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