The Kane County Planning and Zoning Commission met at the high school auditorium on Wednesday, July 10, at 5 p.m., and handled their business needs.

At approximately 6 p.m., Kane County Attorney Rob Van Dyke took the podium and reminded everyone what would be helpful to the commission, and what would not be helpful in the public comment period.

Van Dyke also took time to point out the only elected official on the stage was Andy Gant, sitting with the four other men with Southern Red Sands.

He explained Gant had fulfilled his requirement to confess his ties to SRS back in January, and that this fact, plus the fact he never intended to vote on any SRS issues, meant this was not a conflict of interest.

Chad Staheli, CEO of SRS, LLC, a limited liability company, gave his presentation once again, but there were some slight changes in the Conditional Use Permit application. First, they needed six 120-foot silos, not two.

He went on to ask for a second well to be drilled, not just one. Gant explained it was for a backup well, in case of equipment failure.

The paperwork handed out by the county said, due to it being on SITLA land, the county had no real say in the mine, and they were not issuing a “legitimate” Conditional Use Permit. They instead had drafted 48 rules that SRS would have to operate under. It was neither made clear who would inspect for compliance to these 48 rules, nor how they would be verified or enforced.

The public comment period went by quickly, with 25-30 people speaking their three minutes of allotted time, including two lawyers hired by Keep Kanab Unspoiled.

Mr. Hamblin and Mr. Brown seemed concerned for some water features on the property or on the BLM land nearby that are on Mr. Hamblin’s leased land. These were springs or seeps for cattle and wildlife. Would they be damaged? He hoped not.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to grant the CUP, be it watered down to 48 rules and increased to six silos.