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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Phelps County Commissioners talk roads, permits

  • A Texas County company’s request to renew a mining permit raised a concern with a Phelps County commissioner during Thursday morning’s meeting.
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  • A Texas County company’s request to renew a mining permit raised a concern with a Phelps County commissioner during  Thursday morning’s meeting.
    The commission received notice that the Houston Redi-Mix company plans to renew a permit with the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission to mine sand and gravel from a section of Spring Creek in southwestern Phelps County.
    This raised a question from District One Commissioner Larry Stratman, who asked why a company outside of the county is taking gravel from a stream inside Phelps County.
    However, Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said on the positive side, no matter what company takes gravel out of Phelps County streams, doing so increases their capacity, which could potentially reduce risk of flooding along those streams.
    In other business, the commission also received a request to place a 25 mph limit sign on Cedar Ridge Drive, off Highway BB, east of Rolla. Stratman agreed to talk to Denise Waldrip, the resident who made the request.
    The commission also was approached by Russell Melton, who lives on Private Drive 6246, off U.S. Highway 63, south of Edgar Springs, who asked if a commissioner would consider being an expert witness in court over a dispute about why a section of the road fell apart.
    It was recommended that Melton contact an engineer or company that builds roads or an engineering professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology to be a witness. Commissioners said they didn’t feel comfortable being expert witnesses and that testimony from engineers would “carry more weight.”
    Cindy Burks, who handles community relations for Rolla Health and Rehab, also spoke to the commission about the skilled nursing facility and rehab center.

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