Residents will appeal stone quarry permit

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- On Thursday a group of Americus residents found out a stone quarry they are against is one step closer to becoming reality. But they are not giving up.

Saturday morning state Senator Brandt Hershman and Representative Don Lehe met with constituents in Delphi.

Kay Miller and some of her neighbors attended. They joined in the conversation about education and economic reform, but did not mention their concerns with the quarry. However, their shirts with the words ‘Stop the Stone Quarry’ said what was really on their minds.

“We were disappointed,” Americus resident Kay Miller said.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday it approved The Rogers Group’s plan to build a stone quarry off the old State Road 25 near Americus.

Miller and her neighbors have been fighting the plan since they got a public notice about it in the mail in June. In July, it was standing room only in a meeting between residents and DNR.

“We have 18 days to appeal, so we plan to appeal the decision, and go from there,” Miller said.

Lehe said he has been contacted about the stone quarry. He said it is a local matter, and there is not much he can do, but he is watching to see if the process is done right.

“I’m sure it has been,” Lehe (R-25) said. “DNR has done their due diligence.”

Miller said her concerns are the harm the construction could bring to the wildlife in the area, and what it could do to residents’ wells.

“We all think our wells are in jeopardy,” Miller said. “The problem is there is a layer of slate and once you go through the slate you get sulfur water.”

DNR’s approval comes with a list of 23 conditions. Most are to avoid flooding, which residents are also concerned about. However, most of the conditions use information from a 2009 floodway report.

“It does not include the last two floods [in 2011 and 2013] which have caused considerable damage in Delphi,” Miller said.

In a written statement, the Rogers Group said now that the state permit has been issued it will now look to educate citizens with the hope of fostering a conversation. The item is set to go on the Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals agenda in June.

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