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Lawsuit: Blasting at county quarry is runing homes, endangering people

Twenty people, representing 11 households, have filed a lawsuit against Pierce County and its administrators, claiming blasting at the CTH VV quarry has destroyed the value of their houses.

The lawsuit, prepared by attorney Warren Lee Brandt, asks for damages equal to the fair market value of the houses.

The quarry--which produces rock and sand for road projects--is in the Town of Trenton. All the property owners live on either 185th Avenue, 180th Avenue or CTH VV near Hager City.

Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said Monday the county blasted in the quarry four times in 2009.

According to the lawsuit, "The county's use of heavy machinery, tool and noisy operations is conducted with great violence and frequency, and thereby has caused and still continues to cause vibration of the earth to take place, great loud blasting, dust and debris, traffic from trucks hauling and crushing..."

For more please read the March 3 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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