Royse City officials say there is no longer a need for any legal action against a concrete company that recently announced that it would forfeit its permit to build a batch plant near several school campuses.
“We are happy with the decision of the company. From the beginning, our belief was that this was not a logical or safe location for the plant,” City Manager Carl Alsabrook wrote in an e-mail. “There would be no need for legal action at this point.”
JCK Concrete, based in Fate, Texas, on Sept. 7 published a statement on the Facebook page started by a Royse City resident Briana Aguirre, who spearheaded the effort to fight against the batch plant. The group, “No Concrete Plant Near RCMS,” currently has more than 2,300 members.
The company wrote that it had submitted paperwork to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to voluntarily void the air quality permit that had been granted on Aug. 20.
“JCK Concrete is based on the morals and family values of a family-owned business, we do take the health and safety of our community seriously,” the company stated.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Texas environmental commission website showed that the permit had been voided by the concrete company.
In addition to mounting pressure from Royse City residents, the company was looking at multiple fines from the city for platting violations.
Alsabrook also had told the Herald-Banner that the city was considering legal action against the company.
A representative from the concrete company made a surprise appearance on Sept. 5 at a local meeting in front of the middle school that the proposed batch plant was to be built near.
"In the spirit of being a good neighbor, JCK Concrete has decided to cease its ... operation," Armendariz said.
Residents began calling for a written statement immediately following the company’s announcement at the meeting, which was attended by more than 50 residents -many who live in Collin County, where the proposed batch plant and the middle school is located.