Many tons of clay and mixed rock have been slowly removed from a clay mound across from Heartland Worship Center on North Business 5.

Many tons of clay and mixed rock have been slowly removed from a clay mound across from Heartland Worship Center on North Business 5. Excavation machines have been present at the site, working on the project over the last few weeks. Though so close it may appear to be in Camdenton, the site is actually just outside of city borders and is under the ownership of Camden County.

When North Business 5 was completed, MoDOT transferred ownership to Camden County, who has maintained it since. Now, Camden County Commission has given a local contractor rights to begin clearing and flattening out the mound.

County Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman says that the county has no projects in mind for the clay that is being removed. He says the contractor on site is moving the fill and will be allowed to use it for his own means.

The site has no active zoning classification within Camden County, according to Schuman, who also sits on the county planning commission. Once the contractor has completed removing the fill and flattening the area, he says the county will need to acquire a legal description. Currently, the surrounding area has a number of residential homes present just across the street. This leads Schuman to suspect a residential zoning could be granted. However, he says it is not impossible that the county would classify the site as commercial to further utilize it for business.

According to Schuman, there is no current timeline on a completion date for the flattening of the mound. He says the county placed no hard deadline on the contractor to move the fill, though he sees the work completed so far as being finished rather quickly.

A potential slowing of the process may come when storage of the fill becomes overburdening. The county has codes in place as to how low the mound must go before the contractor must stop removal. Schuman says that, as the current rate of removal, he would suspect completion within the next two years.