BROOKSTON, Ind. (WLFI) - A new group of campers checked into Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center this weekend in Brookston, Ind. But as a new week of camp started camp leaders had more on their minds.
On Monday White County Commissioners anticipate a vote on a rezoning of about seven acres a half mile from the camp.
If the rezoning passes John Erickson will build a hog farm on the land.
Leading into Monday's meeting Camp Tecumseh CEO Scott Brosman wanted as many supporters as he could get.
"We hope the commissioners will understand that this is a camp that has a far-reaching effect," Brosman said. "We were founded here in 1924 as a state YMCA camp for the entire state of Indiana. They chose this location for a reason because it was a nice place next to the river."
As News 18 reported last week, Brosman's main concern, if the farm were to come to the area, is the smell. He said it could compromise their outdoor based business.
He said he is worried the fact the camp is in Carroll County will effect the commissioners' vote.
Early Friday morning the camp posted a petition against the hog farm on the website change.org. As of Sunday afternoon it was closing in on 3,000 signatures.
"The response has been pretty overwhelming from staff, former staff, parents, alumni, people from all over the country," Brosman said.
Erickson's lawyer Joe Bumbleburg told News 18 over the phone he was not aware of the petition until we brought it to his attention.
He said it is up to the commissioners to determine how much weight the petition will have.
Although people from Los Angeles to Brooklyn signed the petition, Brosman said it was his neighbors who got him involved in the issue.
"They felt like by themselves they were too small of an entity, and that camp was not," Brosman said. "We have 35,000 people who come through here a year, so it does weigh heavily upon us."
Brosman and Bumbleburg will be at the meeting. Bumbleburg said after 40 years of dealing with rezoning votes he still can never make predictions.
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