No decision yet on a proposed gravel mine in neighborhood -

No decision yet on a proposed gravel mine in neighborhood

(KMOV) -- The Jefferson County Council did not make a final decision on a proposal to build a gravel and sand mine on Byrnesville Road, near House Springs.

The land is currently used as a topsoil source at 4980 Byrnesville Road. The 35.2 acres are owned by the Harness family and they are asking for a zoning change that would allow the family to put in a gravel and sand mine.

The property is next to a skate park. Other homes and farms sit along Byrnesville Road.

A large group of neighbors and critics have circulated a petition against the proposed mine. Eleven people spoke out against the proposal at a Tuesday evening council meeting. They argued the mine would create noise, environmental hazards, and affect property values in the area.

Ten people spoke in favor of the mine.  Many said they were area business owners who support development that could bring additional revenue into the county.

Krista Harness gave a presentation, in support of her family's rezoning request, saying there would be no blasting or explosions at the mine and owners would build a fence around the property to create a visual buffer.

After more than two hours of testimony, the three council members said they would take tonight's testimony "under advisement". It's not yet clear when a final decision will be made. Another hearing date has not been set.

The council did make a decision on another neighborhood issue, siding with residents who opposed the construction of a Knights of Columbus hall on Old Antonia Road in Imperial.

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