Prior to the city council meeting, the concerns of Bent Tree Bluffs homeowners were made known through the Planning Commission hearing and by email and phone calls to the city councilmen.
We relied on our city council to protect our health, safety and livelihood, including property values.
1.) A permit for a short period of time with renewals tied to satisfactory performance.
2.) A requirement for monitoring of all activities.
3.) A claim process in the event of damages
4.) Adequate insurance which addresses the various potentials for damage and
5.) A realistic plan for the expansion of Lee’s Summit.
1.) A permit for a rock quarry to operate adjacent to our residential area for 10 years which was a modification to the current law which allows 5 years.
2.) A requirement for a monitoring device to be placed on the north and south side of I-470.
3.) No claim process
4.) No requirements for adequate insurance to cover damages.
5.) A plan to expand the tax base of the city which relies on attracting business to an area where there will be an operating rock quarry, and a significant amount of “unreclaimed” area adjacent to the “reclaimed” area.
For the foreseeable future, the only persons who benefit from this project are Mr. Short and the minimal number of people he employs.
The developer was not required to provide a current impact statement. We believe there will be a detrimental effect not only to the homeowners whose homes and property are adjacent to Mr. Short’s property but to our homes which are less than a mile from the operation. It is a rock quarry. There will be blasting, dust, noise, 50 to 60 trucks daily leaving the quarry area onto our highways and streets. Although Ms. Bushyhead continually reminded us that we should not worry because there are regulations, no process was put in place to file complaints. We are on our own. We do not believe the city council perceived this project to be important enough to require professional testimony other than the representatives of the developer. The city council ignored the fact that there can be accidents.
We have elected officials who we depend upon to represent our best interests. Where are these city leaders and representatives?
We are proud of our schools, our parks and the community activities. We enjoy the shopping and dining opportunities. People move to this community because of its appearance and the benefits it provides. We support the city’s vision for a future of growth based on technology as evidenced by the signing of a contract with Google. We do not see a rock quarry is part of that plan.
Although we were told everything was in place and ready to go, the developer must be licensed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This is the opportunity for community members to let their concerns be heard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us in expressing your concern against the Family Ranch Rock Quarry.
President, Bent Tree Bluffs Homeowners