CROWN POINT | Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. could schedule a public hearing as early as next month over the proposed Singleton Stone quarry.
Emerson said Wednesday after a county drainage board meeting that on Monday he received the project developer's response to a county consultant's adverse opinion, released earlier this year, on the quarry's potential impact on local drainage.
Emerson said he will request a meeting of the special county drainage board once all the comments have been made available and studied by all parties.
Singleton Stone LLC won zoning approval in 2010 to begin excavating southeast of Lowell on 600 acres near Interstate 65 and Ind. 2. A group of south county farmers oppose it over concerns the groundwater pumped out of the quarry could overload downstream drainage ways.
Jim Wieser, a legal adviser for Singleton, has said the quarry will not add more water to the county's drainage ways during times of normal weather and will retain water within the depths of the excavation during high-water periods after storms.
Mike Gangstad, of the Evansville engineering firm Bernadin Lochmueller and Associates, concluded in February the quarry's drainage plan couldn't ensure the integrity of local drainage systems. Gangstad said the Indiana Department of Environmental Management must first issue an opinion on whether the quarry would have a negative effect on surrounding wetlands, which are protected by environmental laws.
Wieser has said he doesn't believe IDEM must get involved in the dispute.