Halfway to goal, Americus residents still meeting

AMERICUS, Ind. (WLFI) – Americus residents may be halfway to meeting their goal of stopping a proposed stone quarry, but they continue to mobilize with more than 80 people attending a monthly coalition meeting Thursday evening.

As News 18 reported Monday, in an unannounced yet legal move, Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted to pass the first reading of an ordinance that would ban all quarries from being built within a two-mile radius of 100 or more homes.

The Americus Area Community Coalition said there are 153 such homes near the proposed site on old State Road 25. The bulk of the coalition’s meeting recapped Monday’s presentation including a few people who were at their first meeting.

“I’ve been concerned for a long time. I just haven’t made it to a meeting,” said Tippecanoe County resident Lisa Parker. “We did join the coalition, and I have been following online. It concerns me.”

Americus resident Mike Cook, who has attended several coalition meetings, said quarries should be kept from being nearby peoples’ homes.

“It should be at least two miles, I think. I would like to see it be even more than that,” said Cook.

The ordinance must pass a second vote which is scheduled for the commission meeting on July 7.

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