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County planning commission hears plans for solar garden, storage of quarry explosives

Quick Supply Co., headquartered in Iowa, received preliminary approval from the McLeod County Planning Commission to store explosives and other supplies on property owned by Ron Hanson of Hutchinson in Lynn Township. The site under consideration is a former demolition landfill site and gravel mining operation.
The planning commission held a public hearing regarding  request for a conditional use permit for the proposal on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Chuck Holmes, who represents Quick Supply, said the company provides blasting services at limestone quarries in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Holmes said the company has remote storage sites in each of the states to ensure its truck drivers comply with Department of Transportation rules regarding the numbers of hours they can be on the road.
Holmes said the explosives and blasting caps are stored separately, and are not mixed until they are put into a blasting hole at a quarry.
He also said that Quick Supply has to comply with regulations from a variety of federal, state and local agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (more commonly known as ATF) and Homeland Security, not to mention the state fire marshal, local law enforcement and fire department and the department of transportation.
Larry Gasow, the county zoning administrator, said the county can impose restrictions that are more stringent than those of those agencies, but not less stringent. However, Gasow said, he has been in contact with the ATF, which has very strict requirements for such sites.
For more from the planning commission meeting, see the Feb. 1 print edition of The Chronicle.