Concrete recycling facility planned for Sherman

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A concrete recycling facility could be coming to Sherman if city council approves the plan at their next meeting.

But many who live and work near the proposed site aren't happy about it.

People said they're worried about noise, air quality, the water table and trucks driving by Grayson Christian School nearby on the highway without a school zone.

But a representative for the company said the city needs the plant in order to grow.

"The noise that might come up, the dust and pollution," said Jeff Spencer, whose family owns Clay Precision, nearby the proposed site.

Those are just a few of Spencer's concerns about Big City Crushed Concrete setting up across the street from the business.

"Typically if we were to break up a road like this, it's a concrete street, its got to go somewhere," said Drue Bynum, who is representing Big City Crushed Concrete.

It's a concrete recycling company.

So when concrete needs to be replaced, anyone can take it there and they'll crush it for free, remove the steel, then turn it into an aggregate that can be used as a base material and sell it to fill in roads, or anything needing concrete.

Otherwise it would just go to the landfill, which costs money.

Bynum said they've been recycling concrete for the city of Sherman for six years, and now they want to open locally.

"I don't want to be breathing the dust if it's there," Spencer said.

But Bynum said dust won't be a problem with the help of water suppression.

He also said the crusher is powered by an electric generator, which he said won't make loud noise.

Clay Precision is located off East FM 1417 near Grayson Bible Baptist Church on US Highway 82, where they're also opposed.

"We have really taken a lot of measures to provide a safe environment for our school, especially and our church members," said Grayson Bible Baptist Church Senior Pastor Roy Webster.

Webster oversees Grayson Christian School, where over 150 kids attend kindergarten through 12th grade.

He's worried because students play sports and the church hosts activities outside.

"Especially about the trucks that would be coming up and down the road here in front of our school," Webster said.

He said it would only be in operation a couple months of the year, so the materials can pile up.

"This is an ancillary service that places like the city of Sherman desperately need," Bynum said.

Bynum said if approved, construction would begin with the next few months.

Webster started a petition and is hoping to get at least 400 to 500 signatures.

Both plan to be at Monday's meeting where the city council will vote on whether to approve the plant.