Pennington County Commission slated to vote on quarry development

RAPID CITY, S.D. — This week the Pennington County Commission will vote on new development at the old Perli Pit Quarry off of Highway 16.

The aggregate mine is operated by Croell Redi-Mix of Iowa. The mine is located on Highway 16 just north of Bear Country USA. Croell already tried to expand in 2016, but it was rejected by the Commission.

Three years later, Croell’s back at it again. But this time, there’s now two new members on the County Commission.

Tourism industry leaders worry that more trucks could affect the safety and aesthetic of the road to Mount Rushmore.

“Agriculture is number one industry and tourism is number two in South Dakota,” said Julie Jensen, the president and CEO of Visit Rapid City. “Both of these industries will be impacted by this and it’s just beyond belief to me that it’s being considered — that it’s even being debated.”

But Croell’s legal team says they aren’t doing anything wrong.

According to Tom Brady, the attorney representing Croell, “It’s been a limestone quarry for 60 years, and so it was and is and shall continue to be a quarry during the life of the resource.”

The County Commission is holding a special meeting on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the County Commission chambers.

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