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Proposed West Billings gravel pit project making neighbors furious

Posted at 10:50 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:48-04

BILLINGS – An overflowing crowd showed up for a public meeting Monday with the Yellowstone County Zoning Commission about a proposed gravel pit on Billings West End.

FirstMark Construction, the company overseeing the project, canceled the meeting and pushed it to a later date.

Nevertheless, neighbors and business owners who live in the area where the gravel project will be located, if given the proper permitting, voiced their frustration and concerns about the project at the Miller Building, where the zoning commission meets.

I am so hopeful that the (Montana Department of Environmental Quality) will understand that this is not meant for our neighborhood. It’s not meant for the semis on Duck Creek Road, which is already deteriorating from flooding. It’s not meant for Canyon Creek Elementary, which sees semi-truck traffic already,” said Heather Davis, who lives and works in the area.

Ed Walker, the business developer of FirstMark construction told Q2, “We want to be as transparent and open as we possibly can, for this project to move forward. We want to hear from the neighbors, we want to hear what they have to say.” 

The neighborhood meeting will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at Oscars Park.

Thursday’s meeting will give those with questions and concerns, a chance to meet with FirstMark Construction and the owner of the property.