Controversial stone quarry put on hold

AMERICUS, Ind. (WLFI) – A stone quarry project that’s drawn the attention of residents near Americus is put on hold.

Rogers Group announced Monday it will temporarily withdraw its application for a proposed stone quarry.

“There are 230 homes within a mile and a quarter that would be affected by this. The noise is not something this area is accustomed to. We won’t be able to hear the squirrels run across the roof, we won’t be able to hear the birds wake us up in the mornings,” said Kay Miller, who lives across Old State Road 25 from the proposed sight.

These concerns are something Rogers Group said it wants to address.

Rogers Group Community Relations Manager Siobhan Robertson said some concerns residents have include blasting, wells, and the amount of truck traffic on old State Road 25.

Robertson said contrary to public opinion, they will not be blasting stone 24 hours a day. She said the blasting will occur once a week around noon. She said truck traffic at their busiest time in October will still be less than when the Hoosier Heartland was being built.

Robertson said these are just a few issues they want to make sure to educate the community about.

“We’re not going to rush the community component,” said Robertson. “We want to make sure we’re out there, we listen to everyone, and we move forward with something that’s truly shaped by the community.”

“I know they said they’re not planning to blast 24 hours a day, we never said they plan to. They plan to operate 24 hours a day in certain time periods and from talking with people at their other quarries, that usually means all summer,” said Miller.

She said they will be knocking on residents’ doors starting this summer. But Miller said residents don’t expect to see much change with the plans.

“When you’re in a community and stone quarry moves in, they are invading your territory and are taking away the things that you value. The unwanted effects of the quarry,” said Miller.

“We want to make sure we’re out there, we listen to everyone, and we move forward with something that’s truly shaped by the community,” said Robertson.

Robertson said there is no timetable as to when the proposal might move forward. Until then, Miller said the Americus Area Community Coalition will continue to raise awareness and do whatever possible to stop the project.

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