Communities often look forward to businesses expanding in their area, but neighbors in one Missouri town are saying, 'no.'
Over 100 neighbors off of Highway AA in Kingsville, MO, are rallying together in an attempt to prevent a quarry from coming to their backyard.
They say their Johnson County neighborhood is full of children and say that does not mix well with large gravel trucks traveling up and down the roadway.
"There is nothing along here but houses. This is not the middle of nowhere," David Earl said. "Safety is a concern on the roadway, but the Department of Natural Resources won't deny a permit on the basis of road safety because they are not in charge of the roadway."
The neighbors decided to write every lawmaker that would listen. They say their objections are more than concerns about property value or noise pollution.
"We can't do anything about that. It also generates an enormous amount of dust. Anyone who has any kind of dust induced asthma is going to potentially be in a lot of danger," Earl said.
Because many children play in the neighborhood, Earl decided to do some homework. He measured the roadways gravel trucks would travel.
"A school bus, if we measure it ear to ear, is 112 inches wide. A gravel truck if you measure it outside of the mirror to outside of the mirror is 114. That leaves 26 inches of clear roadway to accommodate both outside and inside lanes," Earl said.
KCTV5 asked Radmacher Brothers Excavating for an interview, but they declined saying they look forward to meeting with the neighbors and discussing concerns.
"The best outcome for us is that the quarry will be opened somewhere else and not in the middle of this residential community. I don't know if we have much of a chance," Earl said.
Neighbors say they are thankful the company is willing to meet with them.
Members of the Missouri Department of Transportation have also been invited to talk about roadway concerns. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Lone Jack Civic Center.
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