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Commission denies gravel pit

The City Commission denied an application on Monday night for a cement stockpile site that Kost Materials wanted to use temporarily for two years. Kost Materials planned to use 81.5 acres of land in the heavy industrial area of West Fargo located north of Seventh Avenue Northwest and east of County Highway 19.

City Planner Tim Solberg said the company planned to make this site just a temporary stockpile area while it looked for a permanent site.

“As opposed to concrete crushing they’re really just mixing the cement for projects around town, sort of a ready-mix product,” Solberg said.

The project site is in an area already zoned heavy industrial and the closest home would be 430 feet away, across the Sheyenne River. However, residents in the area voiced their concerns about a possibly noisy industry moving in at a recent planning and zoning committee meeting, Solberg said.

On Monday, City Commissioner Duane Hanson said a temporary business would not be worth approving a project that could wreak havoc on the roads and neighbor’s patience.

“All we’re doing is allowing someone to come in and temporary set up shop, making a mess of things, use our water. The streets are already bad,” Hanson said. “If it’s a business that is going to create a business or jobs for the city, that is different.”