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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Environment - "More than 400 sign petition objecting to gravel mine north of Americus"

Following on its coverage last week of Camp Tecumseh and the plan for a nearby hog farm, the Lafayette Journal Courier this weekend has a story reported by Justin L. Mack and David Smith that begins:

When Bill and Kay Miller moved to a house overlooking the Wabash River valley off Indiana 25 North 38 years ago, they were happy to be eight miles from Lafayette’s noise and crowds.

Over the years, traffic on the highway increased to the point they added a turnaround in their drive for visitors’ safety.

Then, last October, the Hoosier Heart­land project reduced the traffic noise by moving Indiana 25 two miles eastward.

The peace of mind caused by traffic reduction was short-lived. On June 4, the Millers received notice of a proposed stone quarry on farmland across the road, with the potential of 300 gravel trucks a day rumbling by.

“It’s nice and peaceful,” Bill said Friday while walking under the shade of mature trees in his front yard. “They finally got the traffic off the highway. Now they want to put 300 trucks a day back on it.”

The proposed quarry in northeast Tippecanoe County will be the topic of back-to-back public meetings this month. If a petition started by the Millers and signed by more than 400 county residents of voting age is any indication, the meetings will be well attended.

The meetings will be July 23 and 24 - see the story for more information.

ILB: The story does not include a map. I tried to located the areas involved via Google maps, but had difficulty.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 7, 2013 01:08 PM
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