Correction: An April 18 article should have said that the Oak Park Quarry was granted a 5-year conditional use permit from Dane County's Zoning & Land Regulation Committee, with an automatic 5-year extension if there are no issues of concern. The article stated that a 10-year permit had been granted. We regret the error. It is corrected below.

Dane County’s Zoning & Land Regulation Committee has approved a 5-year conditional use permit for the Oak Park Quarry, with an automatic extension if there are then no issues of concern. 

The vote on Tuesday, April 9 was 2-1 with committee members Jerry Bollig and Steven Peters voting yes and Heidi Wegleitner voting no.

The county committee’s approval followed a 3-1 vote on March 12 by the Deerfield Town Board, to also approve the permit, and thus marks the final hurdle in its issuance.

Wegleitner attempted to reduce the time length of the permit to three years but her motion died for lack of a second.

Attached to the permit as approved by the county are 36 conditions. Among those:

• Except for local deliveries, the haul route will be south of St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church to U.S. 12-18, via a newly constructed driveway and entrance.

• The quarry can’t operate on Sundays or on legal holidays and its hours must be limited to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to early afternoon on Saturdays.

• Blasting will be monitored by a seismograph at St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church, place there by a third part agreed to by the church and the quarry, and paid for by the quarry. The quarry will let the church knowing of upcoming blasting at least two days in advance. The quarry cannot blast during special events such as weddings and funerals and no blasting can occur on election days, as the church’s Education Center is a polling place.

At public hearings earlier this year before both the Deerfield Town Board and the Zoning & Land Regulation Committee, members of St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran and other local residents spoke out against giving the permit.

Town Board member Bill Roelofs, in a statement at the March 11 meeting, said he had come to believe that blasting and mining ordinances adopted by the Town Board in 2015, and amended in 2016, will sufficiently protect the church other structures.

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