Commercial sand pit proposal worries some Linwood residents
It`s likely some Linwood residents will protest a plan for a commercial sand pit near the Kansas River.
Penny Concrete is asking the Leavenworth County Planning Commission to approve a permit to remove sand from a tract at 11400 189th St., which is directly south of Linwood.
The planning commission will consider the request at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the county courthouse in Leavenworth.
"As the river permits are taken away, then the need for sand isn`t going to go away in northeast Kansas," said Bill Penny.
But nearby residents have been down this road before, and Edna Elder isn`t much interested in going down it again. Elder`s family farms west of the Penny site.
She`s concerned about truck traffic on the gravel road that runs between the sand pit site and Kansas Highway 32.
"It`s not very wide, plus it`s washboardy, and it`s got holes in it," she said.
Last year -- over nearby residents` objections -- Kaw Valley Sand and Gravel, a Kansas City, Kan., firm, received approval for a similar sand-removal operation near the Penny site. So far, Kaw Valley has not begun to remove sand from the 160-acre tract. Nor has Kaw Valley improved the gravel roads in the area, which the county has required before the operation can begin.
Penny said he would like to team up with Kaw Valley officials to improve roads.
He explained that once sand is pulled from the area, the land would be developed as a 100-acre lake.
"It fills up with water," he said.
His company has an option to purchase about 250 acres from Roger and Sue Pine, contingent on receiving the special use permit.