Company wants to dig sand near Linwood
A Shawnee company wants to establish a sand-removal operation on farmland between Linwood and the Kansas River.
Penny Concrete Company has submitted a request for a special use permit at the northeast corner of 198th Street and Alexander Road. The site is just north of the Kansas River.
Last year, Kaw Valley Sand and Gravel, a Kansas City, Kan., firm, received approval for a similar sand-removal operation at the southwest corner of that intersection.
"Kaw Valley was supposed to do some road improvements before they started," said John Zoellner, the county's planning director. "They really haven't done anything. They've been able to get sand elsewhere."
He said Kaw Valley had planned to dig sand from the ground, then fill it and turn it into a wetlands.
"We'd expect Penny's to do the same kind of thing," he said. "They would dig the sand out of the ground. Over a long run, we'd expect to see this area developed as a wetlands area, or perhaps a private hunting area."
Penny's request will be considered at a Leavenworth County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the courthouse in Leavenworth. The land targeted by Penny Concrete is owned by Pine Family Investments, Lawrence.