TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Last weekend representatives from Rogers Group were making their way around Americus, talking to residents about the stone quarry they want to construct in town. One of the representatives recalled one of the neighbors talking about hearsay of an ordinance aiming to block the quarry’s operation.
“The person taking information didn’t really think a lot about that,” Rogers Group’s attorney Andy Gutwein said. “In hindsight, we understand now.”
On Monday, Tippecanoe County commissioners listened to a 10-minute presentation from the Americus Area Community Coalition, a group with a mission to stop the quarry. Then, they voted three to zero on an ordinance’s first reading that bans stone quarries in areas with 100 or more residential homes.
The ordinance’s reading was not a line item on the agenda, and Gutwein said no one was told it was happening.
“Given the fact that we were just at the drainage board with the same three commissioners just a few weeks ago. They know we are in the middle of pursuing this process. I think it would’ve been fair for them to let us know,” Gutwein said.
Now, Rogers Group is preparing to present at the ordinance’s second meeting on July 7, hoping to clear up what Gutwein called misconceptions.
He said one of the most common misconceptions is the idea the quarry would affect residents’ wells.
“Rogers Group has engaged a nationwide firm that went out to the site recently and did a number of soil borings,” Gutwein said. “They will recommend specifications for that slurry wall, so it can be designed in a way it will not impact wells.”
In May, Rogers Group pulled its petition for the quarry from the Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals, so representatives could take more time to speak with Americus residents. There is no timeline on when the group will resubmit the petition, but Gutwein said the company still plans to do so.