Residents react to possible rock quarry expansion at Roxy Ann
MEDFORD, Ore. - The rock quarry at Roxy Ann is asking for eighteen additional acres.
Burl Brim is the the operator of the Roxy Ann rock pit and says the expansion will be beneficial to the park. He says he's been operating it for the last 13 years.
"It's going to remain the same, but should allow us to operate for more years," Brim said.
Chanel Palmer, who's been living in the area for seven years, says expanding the quarry isn't safe.
"I think it's dangerous to the people who are using the park and they have these trucks throwing dirt while they're exercising," Palmer said.
She says she received the letter notifying her of the expansion about two weeks ago mad went door to door to 50 other neighbors' homes and only one other person was notified.
Brim says he had no idea residents were upset about the expansion.
"Rather than haul it from HWY 140 we just haul it from Roxy Ann Rock. It makes a lot of sense on the road and time on the road," Brim said.
Larry Butts, has been living in the area for 30 years, he says the truck-hauling has gotten worse since he's lived there.
He says there was a restriction from when the trucks were able to haul the rocks, but now, he can hear them from morning to after dark.
Residents in the area will be able to submit comments to the Jackson County Planning Department at the Jackson County Courthouse no later than April 21st.