Kentucky's Department for Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's Division of Field Services issued a conditional permit Monday that allows Drakes Creek Holding Company, part of DeWeese Construction, to mine limestone at the proposed quarry site in Franklin.
"For us to receive that, it was pretty sad to know that they would sign such a thing. All they've done by issuing the permit is got the fight out of Frankfort and thrown the fight on the local people in Simpson County that are willing to continue to fight the rock quarry issue," said David Carver from "Neighbors Against the Quarry."
However, there might not be much of a fight.
After the community thought local ordinances would keep the company from moving forward by restricting certain vehicles from traveling along Ditmore Ford Road, the company found a way around it.
Executive Vice President of DeWeese, Tim Smith, confirmed they had started making progress at the quarry site within 48 hours of receiving the permit.
He wouldn't say from where they are accessing the site, but said the company has owned about 700 acres in the area since the 1960's.
The group "Neighbors Against the Quarry" has several concerns.
"It doesn't fit at all where it's at. It's safety. It's within 1800 feet of our park, our ball fields. The road issue, it's not wide enough, the one-lane bridge. The way of living in our community, with houses close to the proximity of it," Carver said.
But Smith said the quarry will initially create six jobs and possibly more in the future. He also said there will not be frequent blasts at the site, and he's talking with park officials to keep visitors from potential danger during construction.
Carver said they are planning to appeal the permit.