LAKE OZARK, Mo. — A plan by Magruder Limestone to mine an area adjacent to Highway 54 has generated some confusion among nearby residents, and the City of Lake Ozark is trying to clear the air.
The confusion apparently arose among some residents at Osage National Golf Resort when they – and others – received a letter from Magruder on Jan. 2. It notified property owners within one-half mile of the proposed mining area that Magruder has applied to the Department of Natural Resources for permission to expand its existing permit with the DNR to mine on 418 acres they own.
Magruder officials clarified that their plans have not changed from a Special Use Permit approved by the city of Lake Ozark in early October.
“There will be no changes or additions to the planning and zoning requirements set forth by the city of Lake Ozark,” noted Duane Mueller, Safety and environmental manager for Magruder. “This mining permit simply allows Magruder Limestone to mine the same property that has been approved by the city.”
While the land (owned by Magruder) included in the DNR permit would be expanded, it still would be within the area approved by the city earlier this year. The city explained Magruder is required by law to apply to the DNR for expansion of the permit even though the area is still within the area originally approved by the city.
“Magruder is very much aware that they can only quarry the property covered by the Special Use Permit, and if they decide to expand that area they will be required to come to the city and go through the process of amending their Special Use Permit,” City Administrator Dave Van Dee explained.
The project—like other quarries in the Lake area—has met with some resistance from the community. In the summer of 2019, Lake Ozark Alderman Pat Thompson, who formerly sat on the city’s P&Z board, worked to rally her constituents to oppose it. In a letter, Thompson wrote, “We already have a ghost quarry in front of Osage National that has never been developed… [Tourists] coming to visit the Lake now see beautiful wooded acres as [they] approach, but once they get past the light on Rt. 54 they see one vacant quarry and one large active quarry. Do we want the City of Lake Ozark to be known for our quarries? Do we want to see a quarry next to Osage National?”
Magruder is no stranger to quarrying at the Lake. The company’s most notorious active quarry operates in Sunrise Beach, and has been a literal battleground. Some nearby residents loathe that quarry, saying it disturbs the Lake life they came here to enjoy and causes traffic problems. Magruder’s attempts to expand that quarry have fallen flat, despite the company’s argument that the operations would leave a well-cleared piece of developable land, prime for commercial use. After the company's most recent attempt to expand the Sunrise Beach quarry, a piece of equipment on the site was vandalized.
But Magruder—and others—contend quarries are an important part of the community's growth. The new Lake Ozark quarry is north and east of the under-construction Highway 54 bypass that MoDOT has begun at Osage Hills Road. The city says some of the material mined from the Magruder site may be used in the bypass project.
Mining would begin sometime this year.
A public hearing will be hosted by Magruder Limestone in conjunction with DNR’s Land Reclamation Program at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Quality Inn, 3501 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
•A 50-foot buffer must be maintained between quarrying and the Highway 54 right-of-way. The buffer must be maintained in a natural state and undisturbed.
•The quarry must be accessed by a private gated entrance from the Highway 54 and Osage Hills Road Interchange.
•A floor elevation will be established for each area to be quarried. Floor elevation will be set to an elevation that provides an appropriately sized footprint for future development.
•All primary quarry operations are limited to areas 1, 2 and 3 (See adjacent map) as outlined and submitted with the application and any deviations beyond the outlined area must be reviewed.
•All quarry operations are limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All blasting is limited to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, subject to unavoidable weather delay.
•The quarry operator must keep all public ingress and egress areas (inclusive of intersections) free of all quarry product and/or debris.
•The quarry operator must construct and maintain all internal streets and roads used for moving product such that they are free of dust.
•The Special Use Permit must be reviewed for compliance every two calendar years from the date of approval.