Among the issues that were raised was a suggestion by Jeff Stocker, a principal in Stocker Sand & Gravel Co. at Gnadenhutten, that the plan be rewritten to include all of the mining entities currently involved in mineral extraction in the county. Stocker, who is currently director of Aggregate & Concrete Testing Services at Gnadenhutten, said he felt compelled to voice his concerns toward what he considered to be a major omission in the plan - that its only mention of mining was related to coal mining.
"Many more types of mineral extraction, or mining, already exist in Tuscarawas County," Stocker
noted that mining industries produce not only coal, but also limestone/dolomite, sand and gravel, sandstone/conglomerate and clay/shale.
"These industries employed 129 people as of the 2001 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
report, and no doubt add hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to the total of goods and services produced in Tuscarawas County." Stocker
said the county is blessed with many high quality deposits of the minerals he
mentioned, but the deposits are limited to specific areas.