Rogers Group files modified application to proceed with stone quarry

Photo shows the website of Rogers Group, Inc. (WLFI Photo)
Photo shows the website of Rogers Group, Inc. (WLFI Photo)

AMERICUS, Ind. (WLFI) — Rogers Group, the company wanting to build a stone quarry just off Old State Road 25, filed a modified application for construction Thursday.

The controversial stone quarry would be off Old State Road 25, near the intersection of N. 800 East. However, representatives said the modified application contains new conditions added after the company received feedback from the community.

In May 2014, Rogers Group withdrew their application in order to spend additional time soliciting feedback and incorporating comments from the community into a new proposal. Representatives said the conditions address top citizen concerns including wells, noise and operating hours.

Rogers Group Vice President Andy Williams told News 18 in a release that the company set out to ask citizens how they thought their plan could be better.

“The feedback we received from residents overwhelmingly focused on wells, noise and operating hours. The new conditions in our modified proposal reflect their input. Our conversation with the community will remain an ongoing process,” Williams said.

Additions to the proposal include:

  • The ability to operate 24 hours will be reduced to no more than 3 months during any 12 month period.
  • Written commitment to reasonably repair, replace, or compensate any neighbor for any substantial impairment to a non-significant ground water well, constructed according to Indiana Code, the operation inadvertently causes.
  • Blasting will not be conducted before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. and will not be conducted on weekends. Generally, blasting will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Requirement for customers to tarp their truck loads to eliminate dust and material falling onto the roadway.
  • Modify the variance request and construct fencing around the processing area.

Additionally, the Department of Natural Resource issued a permit to Rogers Group in February for construction in a floodway. Last month, the County Drainage Board approved Rogers Group’s application.

The Tippecanoe County Commissioners approved an ordinance on first reading in June that would ban stone quarries in residential areas. On Monday, the Commissioners are scheduled to hear the proposal on second reading. It is unclear immediately how that will impact the latest proposal by Rogers Group.

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