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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Environment - Rogers Group withdraws Americus quarry request for now

Updating this list of earlier ILB posts on the proposed stone quarry near Americus, Chris Morisse Vizza reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier in a long story that begins:

Rogers Group Inc. announced Monday that it was hitting the pause button on its request to operate a stone quarry near Americus in order to concentrate on addressing citizen concerns.

But the company has its work cut out to persuade members of the Americus Area Community Coalition that the quarry will benefit the community.

Andy Williams, vice president, said the company was withdrawing its application for a special exception that has been pending before the Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals.

"We have been working on this project for four years," Williams said. "There is no reason to rush this. We will spend more time soliciting input from the community."

About a year ago Rogers Group applied for the special exception, which is required before the company can begin mining stone from a 524-acre site at 8032 Old Indiana 25 North between the road and the Wabash River. The land would be leased from owners Henry and Larry Bosma.

Nearby residents responded swiftly with 400 signatures on a petition against the development, and formation of the Americus Area Community Coalition to organize the opposition effort.

Neighbors cited concerns about noise, the prospect of up to 300 dump trucks a day on the winding, two-lane road and the potential impact on water levels for private wells and the river.

Several property owners also appealed the construction and floodway permit issued for the quarry in January by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A hearing date has not yet been set for an administrative law judge to hear evidence from the property owners and the company.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 13, 2014 09:10 AM
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