Douglas County to Consider Sand Pit Permit

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Douglas County commissioners are expected to consider a request next week for a permit for a new sand pit mining operation.

The application is from William Penny, owner of Penny’s Concrete, which has a dredging operation next to the site on the Kansas River, and Van LLC, co-owners of the property. They’re expected to ask the commission Wednesday to approve the permit for a new 434-acre sand pit mining operation near Eudora.

Staff members from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department are recommending approval of the permit with conditions.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the proposal has generated concern among nearby property owners and the city of Eudora over possible flooding issues, the loss of farmland, water quality threats and the pit’s impact on local traffic.