In 1982, SD Department of Transportation (DOT) began extracting gravel from Perli family land for use in reconstructing HWY 16. Gravel was sold sporadically on a limited scale to contractors and the pit grew essentially unnoticed between the 1980’s and the present.
Croell Redi-Mix, Inc., is an aggregate and related construction materials supplier operating in IA, MN, MT, NE, WI, WY, and South Dakota. It is headquartered in New Hampton, IA.
In June 2015, Croell requested rezoning of land they planned to purchase from General Agricultural to Heavy Industrial (section 10 – adjacent to Founding Fathers). Croell wanted to mine extensively with significant disturbance of the land, high use of water for washing aggregate, and heavy traffic using Hwy 16. They suggested as many as 150 trucks per day would enter and exit the site (that’s 300 total traffic events). The Pennington County Board of Commissioners denied the request to rezone and the purchase was not finalized.
In October 2015, Croell purchased 260+ acres of land that included the 40 acre Perli Gravel Pit on HWY 16 (adjacent to Bear Country USA in Section 9) from the Perli family.
On November 17, 2015 Croell filed an application for a Construction Permit (CP 15-17) with the Pennington County Planning Department. The application was placed on the Consent Agenda for the Planning Commission (PCPC) meeting December 21, 2015. The application was moved from the consent calendar to further discussion and action was subsequently delayed until the February 8th, 2016 PCPC meeting.
Croell applied for and received a South Dakota Mining License from SD Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) in December 2015.
On Dec 24, 2015, Croell announced its intention to begin mining in 2016. Additionally, Croell applied for a Water Rights Permit on January 22, 2016.