Americus Coalition raises funds with picnic

AMERICUS, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 75 people enjoyed some burgers, beans and brats during a fundraiser for the Americus Area Community Coalition Sunday afternoon.

For $7 a plate, funds went toward paying attorney fees, expert fees and covering the cost of supplies for the non-profit group.

Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground made part of their park available for the event’s use. Dale Wolfe, who has owned the facility for 18 years, said he became involved in the group’s stance against the quarry last year. He said he’s concerned how the quarry could impact both businesses and nature around Americus.

“I can’t afford to lose water. In the remote chance I lose campground water, I’m out of business. There goes my livelihood,” said Wolfe.

As News 18 has previously reported, the 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.

Wolfe said he expects many of Sunday’s picnickers to be present when a second vote required to pass the ordinance takes place on July 7.

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