Residents stay educated about proposed stone quarry

BUCK CREEK, Ind. (WLFI) – Even though the company wanting to build a stone quarry in Tippecanoe County is delaying its plan, the residents who oppose it aren’t giving up their fight.

Future plans for the Wabash River, air quality and hazardous dust were all topics at the Americus Area Community Coalition meeting Thursday night. Leaders hope residents are informed and prepared for when Rogers Group visits.

As News 18 has already reported, Rogers Group temporarily withdrew its application for the Board of Zoning Appeals. The company said it will instead focus on addressing concerns from residents in the Americus area.

Thursday’s Americus Area Community Coalition meeting touched on long range improvements along the water as part of the efforts of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation. There were also presentations on air quality around a stone quarry and hazardous silica dust.

“We have educational meetings explaining to people what quarry effects would be on their daily lives, and if Rogers does come knocking on our doors we can ask them about silica dust and silicosis and other things,” said Kay Miller, coalition co-president.

WREC executive director Stanton Lambert wouldn’t say much about how the board feels about the stone quarry, except that they do have concerns. He said the board, which includes both mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette and the Lafayette Police Chief, will take a stance later this summer.

Rogers Group said it will begin knocking on residents’ doors starting this summer.

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