Mine Trouble Near the Lake
The Commision met to discuss a Magruder Limestone Company permit request in Miller County, but Lake Ozark and Osage Beach residents oppose the request. The Magruder Limestone Company told the group it's harder to start a quarry now than it was ten years ago.
"There's more people, there's more consolidated groups of people. Nobody wakes up in the morning saying 'I want a quarry as a neighbor,' but as a fact of life we have to have one," says Dean McDonald, Magruder Vice President.
The company wants to start a quarry just north of Osage Beach. Many Lake Ozark and Osage Beach residents oppose the proposted site. One reason, because the proposed site is located near the Lake Ozark-Osage beach sewer treatment plan.
"We're concerned about the economics and PR for tourism industry. We do not want any of this going into either waterway, and we've been there for twenty-four years and we have no violations and we have never misused this." says Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons.
An aerial map shows Magruders proposed site. It's surrounded by property lines, and it neighbors the sewage treatment plant.
"In regards to the sewer issue, we were actually surprised with the reaction from the community and the mayor. It was something we weren't expecting," says McDonald.
The Magruder Limestone Company says it has always complied with state laws and regulations. The Land Reclamation Commission granted a public hearing to to Lake Ozark and Osage Beach residents. Their reason: they want to have more information regarding the effect of the quarry operations on the sewer plant. The time and date of the public hearing are yet to be decided.