People who live in and around Jasper and representatives of a company that wants to build a rock quarry just east of town will meet to talk about the proposal this week.


People who live in and around Jasper and representatives of a company that wants to build a rock quarry just east of town will meet to talk about the proposal this week.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has called a public meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jasper Christian Church, 213 E. Grand Ave. in Jasper to allow the surrounding property owners and the company, Jasper Stone LLC, to “attempt to resolve concerns involving a proposed mining operation.”

William S. Zeaman, chief of the non-coal unit of the Missouri DNR, said the meeting will not be a public hearing, no decisions will be made and no sworn testimony will be taken at this meeting.

“The company had the right or the option to refuse to have a public meeting,” Zeaman said. “They agreed to hold one. It’s open to anyone but about 10 individuals specifically requested the meeting and I will have material for those individuals. I can’t promise I will have handouts for everyone if everyone in Barton and Jasper counties decides to come to the meeting.”

In February, Jackie and Kristina Dunham, who live next door to the proposed quarry, asked the Jasper County Commission to step in and help them oppose it.

Officials with the city of Jasper came to the commission in March with the same request.

In both cases, the commissioners said they couldn’t step in because they had not opposed other quarries in other parts of the county.

They recommended that the residents and city go to the DNR to request a meeting.

“This is a meeting for people who have concerns and interests in the quarry,” Zeaman said. “It’s for people who want to try to persuade the company to conduct its operations in a certain way.”