A Washington County senior planner wants more geology reports and analysis done before he makes a recommendation on a rezoning request needed for the expansion of the H.B. Mellott Estates Inc. quarry in Beaver Creek.
Senior Planner Timothy Lung, in his 11-page written report to the Washington County Planning Commission, expresses concern that expanding the quarry from 129 to 208 acres may damage Beaver Creek Spring. The creek feeds the Albert M. Powell Trout Hatchery area.
Attached to his report to the commission is a memo from Azmat Hussain, a county geologist, detailing what he saw as deficiencies in a study conducted by a hydro-geologist working for Mellott. While the Mellott study said the quarry will have no adverse effect on the region, Hussain said more information is needed to prove that claim.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the rezoning request at Monday's meeting. The company can't expand its mining operations without the zoning change.