On Monday evening — just a few hours after the Somervell County Commissioners Court ruled on an item that a number of Tres Rios Estates were concerned about — the Glen Rose City Council coincidentally voted on a separate topic that had a common element.
After an executive session that included consultation with City Attorney Brady Pendleton, City Council members voted unanimously to allow the city to continue its joint effort with a law firm with Tres Rios RV Resort and four Tres Rios Estates residents to prevent Ingram Sand & Gravel from getting a permit to build a rock crusher on leased land just east of Glen Rose.
That morning, commissioners voted to prohibit heavy transport truck traffic on part of County Road 312 that goes through Tres Rios Estates.
Residents on CR 312 voiced concerns about traffic safety issues, noise and potential road damage they were feeling after the recent opening of the gravel pit.
But concerns about potential environmental impact from dust particles making it into the air and the adjacent Brazos River are at the center of the formal protest against the installation of the rock crusher.
Ingram Sand & Gravel, part of Ingram Concrete, LLC, is seeking permission to install a rock crusher at its quarry mining facility on County Road 401. The permit request was filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on June 20, 2018, according to Texarkana-based Mark Adams, vice president and general counsel for Ocean Canyon Properties, which owns Tres Rios RV Resort.
Adams said that four people (one couple and two individuals) who reside near the facility are also part of the hearing to consider the protests to Ingram’s application, along with the city of Glen Rose and the RV Resort. Adams indicated that many other residents in the area have voiced their opposition to the application to TCEQ throughout this process as well.
Although the gravel pit is outside of the Glen Rose city limits, part of the quarry is within the extra territorial jurisdiction of the city.
“Because of the proximity of the (proposed) rock crusher we made a case, which was accepted, to be included in the contested case hearing,” Leamons said, noting that the hearing is scheduled for this March in Austin.
Leamons said that Monday’s City Council vote authorized him “to continue to work with the attorneys we have secured to pursue the matter.”
He stated, “The city is concerned about a possible negative impact on our tourism industry, and a negative impact on the safety and health of our citizens due to the dust created by those operations, and the impact on the recreational use of the water.”
Leamons added that there are also concerns for the well-being of the elderly.
Adams said the hearing will be held at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin.
“Then the process after that (for the) final outcome may not be until August,” Adams said, noting that a recommendation from the judge will be forwarded to the TCEQ to approve or deny the application.
Many people who stay at Tres Rios Resort also use the nearby Brazos River for activities such as rafting and tubing, Adams said.
Adams noted that since mining activities began last summer, resort employees have reported respiratory problems, as well as dust collecting on the resort property on a daily basis.
“Our concern is that our employees and guests are going to be exposed to significantly increased dust emissions should a rock crusher be allowed to operate on the site,” Adams said.