City, quarry owner settle (Missouri) After months of negotiations, a settlement was reached between the city of Lake Lotawana and quarry owner Anthony Barber over the annexation of his limestone mine.For several years, Barber & Sons Aggregate sought a 75-year permit from Jackson County to strip mine on 2,366 acres on both sides of Langsford Road between Milton Thompson Road and Missouri 7.After learning of the proposal, the Lake Lotawana Board of Aldermen decided to annex land in that area, including portions of the limestone mine. The goal was to regulate the mining operations. The land was annexed in early 2001.Barber & Sons continued to apply for mining permits from Jackson County Public Works Department, arguing that the city did not annex the land properly.In July 2002, attorneys for Lake Lotawana sought a court order to halt proceedings of the Jackson County Plan Commission, which was set to conduct a hearing on the mining permit. Lake Lotawana officials were able to get the court to halt the proceedings until a ruling was made on the legality of the annexation. They argued that Lake Lotawana ? not Jackson County ? had jurisdiction over mining operations.Negotiations were ongoing since then, with a settlement agreement reached this week.Barber & Sons agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the annexation, and Lake Lotawana agreed to allow restricted quarry operations to continue for the next 25 years. Afterward, the quarry land will be converted into a private lake surrounded by residential, commercial and office buildings. The city agreed to commit itself toward authorizing zoning for this future development.Restrictions applied to the quarry operations include the termination of all permits issued by Jackson County.All underground mining will be prohibited. No mining can be performed north of Langsford Road and east of Missouri 7, and setbacks were agreed to on the east side of Milton Thompson Road and the south side of Langsford Road. Access to the quarry will be relocated to U.S. 50 or further south on M-7.Quarry operations will be restricted to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with blasting only allowed from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., except for certain limited occasions subject to approval by the city of Lake Lotawana.In a written statement, Robert Freilich, attorney for Lake Lotawana, said all parties were happy with the agreement.Barber could not be reached.
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