5/17/2018 3:02:00 PM Next step approved in Stussy Quarry expansion
By Gretta Becay
At their regular meeting May 8, the Dodge County commissioners approved a resolution declaring that an environmental impact statement is not needed for the proposed 57-acre expansion of the Stussy Quarry.
An environmental assessment worksheet was distributed to certain governmental agencies for a 30-day comment period in early March. Several written comments were received.
A public meeting was held in early April to gather public comments about the expansion. No members of the public attended that meeting to comment.
The commissioners indicated that the written comments received were answered appropriately and no environmental impact statement was needed. The quarry owners' request for expansion could proceed to the next step.
In Minnesota, the environmental impact statement is needed if the environmental impact worksheet does not completely enough address the environmental impacts of a certain project or if a project trips certain thresholds through its size or other variables.
The commissioners also approved:
Contributing $2,000 towards a county-wide housing study to be performed by Maxfield Research and Consulting.
The cost of the study is $23,660. So far, $21,660 has been raised with contributions from every town in Dodge County, four other entities and a $5,000 grant. Stephanie Lawson, who serves as an economic development consultant to the county through the company Community and Economic Development Associates, presented the information to the board. The study is scheduled to begin in June and when it is done, the company plans to provide the participants with, "...detailed recommendations and an action plan for housing development (both short-term and long-term)..."
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