Jeffery Sand fighting to move sand storage to Maumelle again

Jeffery Sand Company wants to put its storage and distribution center along the river on the Maumelle-North Little Rock border.

The company attempted this move in 2002, but the Maumelle City Council, Arkansas, did not allow the rezoning necessary for the company to build.

Now its is trying again, but some nearby businesses and neighbors want to stop it. The Jeffery Sand Co president met with concerned people Wednesday afternoon to lay out his vision.

“Were improving our design of the plant, spend more money on landscaping, making it aesthetically pleasing,” said Clay McGeorge, president, Jeffery Sand Co.

McGeorge was working to win over the neighborhood for a second time. Neighbors worried about living next to sand storage and distribution company.

“I would not want to live directly across the street from a sand plant I’ll be honest with you there. The people down the road though they won’t hardly know we’re there,” said McGeorge.

Lisa Conque and Sherrie Salazar are residents and property owners across the street from the proposed property.

“We’re concerned about the safety from things like the air quality,”said Conque. “We chose to live and build here because of the beauty and environment and to think that’s going to be interfered with by a sand manufacturing company is of huge concern to me,” said Salazar.

They say high winds coming off the river combined with large piles of sand will make living nearby difficult.

However, the company argues their sand has enough moisture in it. Everything we do down there is wet. It’s not like you’re going to have a cloud of sand coming at you,” said McGeorge.

Despite strong opposition, McGeorge is confident about trying to make this deal pass again.

“We want to be here with Maumelle, we want Maumelle to have us here, and I’m not a quitter. I love a challenge,” said McGeorge.

The Maumelle planning commission is meeting Thursday, July 23. The city’s planning and rezoning recommendation decided in this meeting will move on to the Maumelle City Council for a vote.


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