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St. Charles County community divided over rock quarry

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Aerial view of Schiermeier Quarry (Credit: Joe Belsher) Aerial view of Schiermeier Quarry (Credit: Joe Belsher)
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A rural community in St. Charles County is fighting to save the picturesque land around their homes.

The group wants to stop a rock quarry from expanding, but the couple who runs the quarry said this is about keeping their company alive.

The future of the Schiermeier Quarry is what is at issue here. The quarry is in Femme Osage which is about 10 minutes from Augusta on the far southwest side of St. Charles County.

Nearly 200 people have signed an online petition to stop it from expanding.

A group of neighbors, led by Joe Belsher, told News 4 they worry the project will decrease their property value. Belsher said they are also concerned about increased truck traffic and if blasting nearby could hurt their foundations. Plus, they have environmental concerns and want to preserve the landscape of the rural area.

On the other side, Phil and Donna Myers, the couple who runs the quarry said this is not about expanding, it’s about surviving. They took over quarry operations about a year ago and say it will run out of rock within a year and half. They told News 4 if they cannot get more land to quarry, they will have to shut down and the people who work there will be out of a job.

It is up to the St. Charles County Council to issue a conditional use permit or not.

Tuesday night, the council heard arguments from both sides. The earliest the council would vote on the issue is at the next meeting on October 24.

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