Owner of Proposed Quarry Site Accused of Violating Conditional Use Permit

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

SIMPSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Simpson County Planning And Zoning inspection found five areas where Weldon DeWeese or his company, Drakes Creek Holding LLC, was not complying with a permit issued regarding a proposed quarry site.

One of those violations involve company trucks not using the appropriate access point to the site on Ditmore Ford Road.

"But that night at the hearing it was very clear that the county would be the only entity that could give permission to use that road -- not the Board of Adjustments. Obviously, that road is substandard for any kind of commercial use," said Jim Henderson, the Simpson County Judge-Executive.

Henderson says the company never mentioned plans for road improvements following that February 2012 hearing when it was issued the permit.

Instead, the company received state approval for a new road off Gold City Road.

"But that's not really related to the Board of Adjustment determining whether this is an appropriate area to have a quarry access point. That's still something the Board of Adjustments would have a right to decide -- is this the place that a quarry should be accessed? That's really a separate discussion from just getting a state highway permit for encroachment," Henderson said.

A group called Neighbors Against the Quarry wants the Board of Adjustment to revoke DeWeese's conditional permit.

The board has planned a hearing for later this month where it will decide if the company has actually violated the permit and where to go from there.

"If they revoke the permit, obviously, the quarry cannot proceed as is, so the current permit holder could apply for another permit. could possibly apply for an amendment to the existing permit. I think that's up to the Board," Henderson said.

Regarding the claims, a DeWeese spokesperson had one comment to make.

"The current accusations are not substantial and are without warrant, and that will be disclosed in the coming days," said Tim Smith, the vice president of DeWeese Construction.

He added the quarry is still under construction -- not a final product.

The public is welcome to participate in the hearing on May 13th in the Ag Building of Franklin's community park.

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