Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
It was by unanimous decision that the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners chose to refer the request for a conditional use permit (CUP) for an asphalt and concrete plant and related auxiliary operations back to the zoning board for further study and review.   Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc., the applicant, proposes the project at the existing quarry located at 20125 Sunflower Road, just barely outside the Edgerton city limit.
Ed Eilert, chairman of the board, was the first to propose that the matter of the CUP be sent back to the zoning board to address access to the site and look into dust issues that might be better controlled with a hard surface interior haul road as proposed by Beth Linn, Edgerton city administrator.  John Toplikar, who represents Gardner and Edgerton on the board, was not satisfied that the issue of noise abatement had been thoroughly researched. Commissioner Jim Allen expressed concerns with the existing property entrance and found the request, from the city of Edgerton, to move the site entrance to be reasonable.
The Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board will reconsider the issue during its monthly meeting. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. on July 23 at the Gardner Senior Citizen Center.
Should it be necessary to change the date, new information will be posted on the county website.

20125 Sunflower Road


Members of the Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board are recommending that the county board of commissioners approve a conditional-use permit for an asphalt and concrete plant near Edgerton.
The portable plants would be leased by Bettis Asphalt & Construction and located on 16 acres in the 160-acre Mid-States Ventures’ rock quarry at 20125 Sunflower Road.
Initially, Bettis Asphalt requested a 10-year, conditional-use permit. However, county planners recommended the company only be granted a five-year permit. – See more at: