MERIDIAN Residents of a Meridian neighborhood are fighting to stop a gravel pit that's been operating for three years.

Idaho Sand and Gravel's permit at the Meridian location at Ten Mile and Overland roads is about to expire, but the company is now planning to file for a permit extension.

Not far from huge sand piles and a gravel pit are homes, some neighbors say they're less than a half mile from the site.

Glen Hickey is one of those neighbors on Aspen Cove Drive.

He say Idaho Sand and Gravel has been disrupting the quiet neighborhood and causing a layer of sand on their property.

He says most of the homes on Aspen Cove have been there for decades.

We've been putting up with it for three years and were looking forward to this day, and it looks like there is no end in sight, said Hickey.

Idaho Sand and Gravel's current permit will expire on April 4.

Late this afternoon, we heard back from Idaho Sand and Gravel in a written statement.

They say if this final extension is granted, Idaho Sand & Gravel will limit crushing activity to only 60 days, will continue to limit trucking operations to 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and will continue to suppress dust on the road and piles on site with water trucks. We have been responsive to any concerns received in the past from our neighbors.

The company is also holding a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss the plans with those living nearby.

The city of Meridian says they are aware of the neighbors concerns, and the Planning and Zoning Commission will decide on the permit extension in early May.

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