The Otoe County Roads Department may soon have a closer source for rock.
Roger Whetstine of Troy, Kan., appeared before the commissioners Tuesday to introduce himself and to outline his plans to re-open a quarry in southern Cass County that could provide rock to Otoe and surrounding counties.
“We are in the preliminary stages of coming to Otoe County to do some crushing,” said Whetstine, who owns Whetrock Quarries in Troy.
Whetstine and his son planned to conduct a site visit after Tuesday’s meeting and to have rock samples from the site tested for quality.
They believe they will have customers in Otoe, Nemaha and Cass counties.
He told the commissioners that a previous owner had supplied rock to the Army Corps of Engineers and that the rock had met the Corps quality requirements.
Whetrock Quarries currently has contracts with the State of Kansas and with Doniphan County, said Whetstine. He said his small operation has the advantage of being mobile, and he can move crushers as needed to meet customer demand.
Otoe County Roads Department Lead Supervisor Jon Brinkman indicated that Otoe County purchases between 70,000 and 100,000 tons of rock each year.
Whetstine indicated he had heard through the grapevine that obtaining rock had been a problem for the roads department in the past couple of years, which was part of the reason for his visit to the commissioners meeting and to the quarry site.