BUCK CREEK, Ind. (WLFI) - Some Tippecanoe and Carroll County residents continue to do all they can to keep a stone quarry from being built just outside Americus.
Nearly 90 people filled the Buck Creek Community Center Thursday night. The Americus Area Community Coalition (AACC) brought together concerned residents who are trying to stop a stone quarry from being built on Old State Road 25, just north of Americus.
"We have over 230 homes within a mile and a quarter of this site. There's a time and a place for everything but this is not the place for this," said Nate Hofmann, AACC Vice President.
Hofmann said along with noise and added truck traffic, residents are also worried about flooding and their wells. As News 18 reported in July, the Department of Natural Resources took several notes that will be taken to the permit reviewers for follow-up related to the quarry. Hofmann said that's one of two ways to stop the quarry.
"Obviously they're looking at the restrictions, the aquifer restrictions, the floodplain. Are the wells in this area going to sustain this kind of draw on them?" asked Hofmann.
State Representative Don Lehe (R-25) was at Thursday night's meeting and said he's already written a letter to DNR.
"I plan to have some more contact with them and have some more discussions with them over several of the concerns that I have on what the impact's going to be."
Option number two to stop the quarry for residents is the Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals. The coalition has hired a lawyer to handle the rezoning remonstrance.
"There's two attacks here. There's two fronts to it and we have to have the right firm in place to do the right battle," said Hofmann.
The quarry was pulled from July's Board of Zoning Appeals agenda. The attorney for the Rogers Group requested the item go on the agenda for the BZA meeting in January.
The AACC will continue to fundraise by collecting membership fees and hosting events. Residents are being encouraged to write to their local legislators.
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