Commissioners Disapprove Kansas Sand Proposal To Eliminate Trip Limitations

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas Sand and Concrete, Inc. will not be making more trips to and from its sand extraction pit on Northwest Valencia Road.

Shawnee County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to reject the company's request to change the permit that allows them to operate the pit.

Barry Beagle, Planning Director for Shawnee County, told commissioners Kansas Sand and Concrete, Inc. is currently allowed 35 trips per day and is restricted to hauling sand and gravel to weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They're allowed 9,100 trips per year.

The company proposed eliminating the 35 trip per day limitation but maintain the annual trip limit, and the working hours.

Neighbors cited safety concerns about upping the limits.

"Based on the increased demand for sand, Kansas Sand is seeking greater flexibility in the current vehicle trips per day limitations to account for seasonal fluctuations in demand," said Beagle.

"There's only one reason for Kansas Sand wanting to increase the number of trucks, and that's to increase their profit," said Robert Welch, a resident who lives near the pit. "And you're putting the profit of Kansas Sand against the safety of these children, of my neighbors and everybody that lives in that area."

During a July 8th planning commission meeting, commissioners disapproved the proposed plan, also citing safety concerns.