Thursday, September 28, 2000

Firm seeks to overturn ruling on proposal for limestone mine

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati firm that is one of two companies hoping to build a limestone mine in Boone County filed a complaint, appeal and request for declaratory judgment in Boone Circuit Court on Wednesday.

        The filing by Hilltop Basic Resources seeks to overturn the Aug. 29 Boone County Fiscal Court's 3-0 vote that overrode a county planning commission's recommendation that the company be allowed to construct the environmentally sensitive underground mining operation in western Boone County, according to Jen Doerger, company spokeswoman.

        The site is directly across the Ohio River from the Miami Fort Power Plant.

        Hilltop's proposal — the second to be voted down for the site zoned for industrial mining — incorporates a design that would be completely located underground and use barge transport rather than trucks.

        A previous proposal submitted by Martin Marietta called for some of the operation to be aboveground.

        Neighbors criticized that plan because of potential dust and noise.

        At the Aug. 29 meeting, the fiscal court not only voted to override the planning commission's vote but endorsed a recommendation, supported by nearly 100 in attendance, that the county eliminate its industrial mining zoning.

        That recommendation was later rescinded.

        The president of Hilltop, John Steele, Jr., said in a news release that, “We feel that Boone County's sudden change of heart regarding our proposal was unfair and we are determined to pursue all legal remedies so that we can move forward with our project.”

        A family-owned and -operated business, Hilltop Basic Resources provides aggregate materials and ready-mix concrete.

        It uses barges to transport its products to such projects as the Paul Brown Stadium and Fort Washington Way.


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