Magruder Limestone and Harry Adrian have applied to the planning commission of the village of Sunrise Beach to relocate the section of Eddie Ave. (Lake Road 5-45) where it runs through the land they are quarrying.


Magruder Limestone and Harry Adrian have applied to the planning commission of the village of Sunrise Beach to relocate the section of Eddie Ave. (Lake Road 5-45) where it runs through the land they are quarrying.

The proposal
Vacating the current road and moving it to the north would give the company more land to quarry.
In return, representatives have said they are willing to enter a legal agreement limiting the depth of the quarrying. The quarry group also said it would build the new section to county or city specifications.

Long-term plans
Adrian and Magruder representatives have stated that their intent with this proposal is to establish a development here at some point, and that quarrying has created a level build site.
Without the road relocation, being unable then to move towards a development offering continuous income, they have said they will blast deeper, even if it means pumping ground water to continue quarrying.
With the current economy, he estimated a development would be at least four years out.
The property is zoned commercial, but was grandfathered when the village adopted its zoning ordinance in 2009.

Public input
Because it is not a zoning change, the commission has been advised that a public hearing is not legally required. There are no plans to hold a hearing at this time, but the board of trustees may still schedule a hearing.
For several years, the quarry has been a point of contention in the community with surrounding residents and businesses, most of which are in the county, forming a quarry accountability committee to support their complaints about blasting and other related issues.

Contact Amy Wilson at amy.wilson@westsidestar.net.