Public meeting planned for Pennington County mining ordinances

Pennington County Commission chambers on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: The scheduled hearing on Nov. 14 has been moved to the Planning Commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers, located at 130 Kansas City St. The hearings set for Dec. 10-11 have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at 3 p.m.

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ROCKERVILLE, S.D. – Three years later, a back-and-forth legal battle that reached the South Dakota Supreme Court continues to this day.

At issue is Iowa-based Croell Redi Mix, which owns the old Perli Pit off of Highway 16, south of Rapid City. A group that opposed its expansion, The Black Hills Concerned Citizens, met Tuesday to give an update on the fight.

Critics of the mine say it’s in a dangerous location and could be dangerous for the groundwater. They seek to pass an aggregate mining ordinance, which could limit Croell.

“There has not been an adequate study on traffic on Highway 16,” said Duane Abata, a member of the Steering Committee. “We know it’s going to be an issue. The pit is going to be around a curve on a hill in a dangerous location.”

Croell Redi Mix is currently in the process of applying for a new permit from the county. On Election Day, two new commissioners will be elected to the County Board. Planned public meetings on a new ordinance, however, will be made before they take their seats in January.

“I think we should hold off and wait until the new people are on the board,” said Abata. “It is a big decision. It could involve lawsuits, repercussions downstream regarding the whole operation.”

There’s a public input meeting in the Pennington County Commission chambers on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

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