It appears the city of Chico is about to reach a neighborly agreement with a new business coming to town.
When city officials first learned a year ago of P&K Stone’s intention to put in a limestone quarry just east of the city limits, Mayor J.D. Clark said they had several concerns and questions they wanted answered.
The questions have been answered, and the concerns have been addressed, Clark said.
“It’s really been a very beneficial process – a long process but a good one, because P&K has been so willing to sit down with us and talk about all these issues and ways to handle it,” Clark said. “They are really trying to be a good neighbor.
“For us, what we are going to end up getting in the end is a new business in the community who has really put forth the effort to become a positive member of that (community).”
The city and school district initially protested P&K Stone’s air quality permit application, citing a list of concerns regarding air and water quality as well as traffic issues.
Tuesday, Clark explained to the council the city’s agreement with the company which addressed those areas of concern.
The city had a geologist and an engineer run seismic testing to simulate the effects blasting might have on city water wells or water towers.
“They all concluded that there should be no impact on our wells,” Clark said. “If for some reason there is, P&K has agreed to indemnify the city so that if something does go wrong with our water wells, they have to make it right. That shows their comfort level that they are willing to do that.”
That same agreement would also apply to any possible damage to the city water towers or the school district’s nearby ag facility.
Regarding traffic concerns, Clark said P&K will seek TxDOT approval to widen Farm Road 1810 in front of the quarry’s entrance to allow a turning lane for trucks.
On the noise issue, P&K has agreed to not exceed 85 decibels, and the city is allowed to monitor those levels.
As far as air issues, P&K will be required to follow the requirements set forth by the state.
Clark said the city will also benefit financially from the agreement. P&K has agreed to buy wastewater from the city and will even pay for the infrastructure involved to make that possible. Once that infrastructure is in place, the city can sell to P&K and other companies wishing to buy wastewater.
According to the company’s air permit application, the quarry is expected to create 10 new jobs.
Clark will speak to the Chico school board Tuesday to get their approval of the agreement. Once everyone signs off, Clark said the city and school have agreed to drop their protest of P&K’s air quality permit application.
If everything goes as planned, construction of the quarry could start in June or July.
In other business the council:
- awarded a bid for $11,737.60 to Mann Refrigeration for replacement of the heating and cooling system at city hall;
- tabled action on possible changes to the city’s fireworks ordinance; and
- received a report on the new officers for the Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department. The new fire chief is John Hobbs.