Second quarry meeting planned

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The city of Alabaster will hold a second meeting to discuss the status of a quarry to be located near Meadow View Elementary.

The city has also established a website to keep the public informed on efforts to stop the proposed quarry from locating there.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Meadow View Elementary School.

According to a letter from Alabaster Mayor David Frings, &uot;Evidently the process for the quarry permit applied for by Industrial Materials Products of Tennessee (Middle Tennessee Land Development Company LLC) is moving forward at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

&uot;This will be a permit for water discharge and air emissions from a proposed quarry to be placed in the area near Smokey Road just outside the corporate limits of Alabaster,&uot; Frings said.

He said the meeting will address the status of the permit applications and efforts initiated to stop the quarry.

The meeting is open to all concerned citizens inside or outside the city limits.

During Monday night’s Alabaster City Council meeting, Frings also reported that a new function of the city’s website will be titled &uot;Stop the Quarry&uot; and will help to keep the public informed.

To reach the website, go to and look for the quarry listing.

City administrator Tony Rivera said ADEM representatives declined to attend the upcoming meeting because they are not far enough along in the review process.

According to Robert Dow, developer, appraiser and broker, who has been working to locate the quarry in the area, the site will be 2,100 feet from Old Smokey Road and at least 1,700 feet from Highway 119. Dow said the site of the quarry will be one mile from Meadow View Elementary.

He also reported that a private driveway would be built for trucks to access the quarry from Highway 119.

Citizens and city officials have expressed concerns about noise, traffic and the environmental affects of the proposed quarry on drinking water and adjacent wetlands.

&045;&045; Fred Guarin