TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - For the last 38 years, Bill Miller and his wife have enjoyed the serenity of their home off of State Road 25 near Americus.
"We've really enjoyed this place," said Miller. "We don't want to lose it."
Yet, peace and quiet is what Miller and others fears they could lose. Two weeks ago, Miller received a public notice in the mail that could change his life.
"I received a public notice about a stone quarry going in across the road," said Miller.
The public notice describes the possibility of stone piled 90 feet high, and a pit 420 feet deep.
Miller said he fears their serenity could soon be lost, but that's not all he's concerned about.
"What's going to happen to my water?" said Miller. "What is going to happen to my house? Am I going to have any cracks in my house? What's going to happen to the wildlife I have around here?"
News 18 reached out to Rogers Group, the construction company in charge of the project. The company denied an interview, but did issue a statement.
"To meet the growing construction needs of the area, Rogers Group is exploring options for a new quarry near Americus," said Rogers Media Relations spokesperson Tom Kenley. "As always, we will work closely with elected officials to see that regulations and requirements are met. We also plan to meet directly with those in the neighborhood to address any concerns."
Yet, Miller said they're taking matters into their own hands.
"We started a petition on Thursday evening, and right now we have roughly 150 names," said Miller.
Miller said they plan to take the petition to the Department of Natural Resources later this week. The goal is obtain a public meeting with DNR officials sometime in the near future.
"Our ultimate goal is to stop it if we can," said Miller.
Officials with the Tippecanoe County Highway Department said they are aware of the project, but so far, construction for the site has not been approved.
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