Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission to Consider Billboard Restrictions

The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission will meet on Wednesday, September 16, at 6pm. One item to be presented and considered is billboard restrictions that would apply to Hoosier Heartland, Wabash River Scenic Byway(South River Road area) and the new US 231. The proposal and maps of the affected areas are below.

For those who enjoy reading them or those who object to them ruining the landscape, this is an opportunity to express your opinion. Anyone can speak. You may be asked by the APC to put your name and address on a sheet of paper so they have it for their records or to verbally give it before speaking.

Come and voice your opinion.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:00 PM
Tippecanoe Room in County Office Bldg

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Hoosier Heartland Corridor Map

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Wabash River Scenic Byway Map

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US 231 Corridor Map

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AACC Public Meeting – Thursday, August 20, 7pm

The Americus Area Community Coalition will hold it’s August public meeting on Thursday, August 20, at 7pm. Come to get updates on the Rogers Group lawsuit against Tippecanoe County.  There will also be a private screening of Americus:  The Documentary.

The meeting will be at Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground, 7414 Old State Rd 25, Lafayette, IN 47905.

AACC August 2015 Public Meeting

The Rogers Group Filed a Notice of Appeal

On June 19, 2015, The Rogers Group filed a notice of appeal with Superior Court 1 in Tippecanoe County. This action will cause the clerk of the Indiana court of Appeals in Indianapolis to gather documents and prepare a formal calendar for briefs and rebuttals. These actions will extend into the late Fall 2015 before a final ruling is rendered. The AACC is planning a presentation at our next public meeting to explain the exact timing and the complete process of an appeal.

AACC 2nd Annual Spring Breakfast

Come and show your support for the Americus Area Community Coalition.  Attend the 2nd Annual Spring Pancake Breakfast.  Get your tickets today.  Contact Kay Miller using the contact form below.

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AACC 2015 Membership Drive

Since the AACC 2015 Membership Drive - File Photosformation of our nonprofit coalition in the summer of 2013, our group has been fighting to protect the rights of the residents of Americus.

We have educated countless people on the effects of quarries with regard to residential homeowners. Through our public meetings, we have managed to keep residents informed and involved.

We have hired experts in the fields of hydrology, geology, and audiology with the purpose of gathering the best information.

We have contracted two different law firms, enabling us to fight the quarry development at both the state and local government levels – from the IDNR to our County Commissioners.

We have networked with area politicians, explaining the results of our research and voicing the opinions of Americus residents, visiting and speaking at gatherings of the various political bodies in our area.

We have been active in multiple forms of social media, getting the word out through WLFI, the Journal and Courier, Facebook, and our own website: (www.AmericusACC.com)

We have researched every negative aspect of quarrying and presented that information in multiple venues.

We have fought to enact a new law (which passed unanimously): The Prohibition of Quarries in Residential Areas.

Most importantly though, we have helped to foster a sense of community.

We have hosted social gatherings and brought people together. We have given people a chance to meet neighbors they might never have met had it not been for this struggle. We have worked together to come this far.

However, there is still so much more to be done – this is where you can make a difference.

Our membership drive begins in March. Watch for a follow up email coming soon. We ask that you help us to finish what we have started – help us to stop this development once and for all.  Not on our email list?  Click here to sign up.

Support our Tippecanoe County Commissioners

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Write a letter showing your support today!

This is a call from the Americus Area Community Coalition to the public to show your support to our Tippecanoe County Commissioners.

At the January 15, AACC public meeting it was requested that each of us write a letter to our county commissioners showing our support of their efforts to stop the Rogers Group from putting the stone quarry in Americus.

Ordinance 2014-08-CM Prohibition of Quarries in Residential Areas passed 2 to 0 on the Second Reading at the 7/07/14 Commissioners’ Meeting.  Now Tippecanoe County is being sued by the Rogers Group in an effort to side step the Board of Zoning Appeals process. They are attempting to put the stone quarry in Americus against the will of the people.

Following are the names of the tippecanoe county commissioners and their contact information. Feel free to write each commissioner regardless of their district.

Email Addresses

Tracy Brown – District 1
email address: tabrown@tippecanoe.in.gov

David Byers – District 2
email address: dbyers@tippecanoe.in.gov

Tom Murtaugh – District 3
email address: tmurtaugh@tippecanoe.in.gov

There is also a common email address that all the commissioners access. This email address is: commissioners@tippecanoe.in.gov.

Mailing address

20 N 3rd St
Lafayette, IN 4790

Phone and Fax

Phone: (765) 423-9215
Fax: (765) 423-9196

If you send your letter of support by email please send it to all the commissioners. Let’s encourage them, show our appreciation and let them know the AACC supports their efforts.

 

Thank you and best regards,

Americus Area Community Coalition

 

photo credit: Dale Wolfe, Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground

Rogers Group Afraid to Face the People

Rogers Group Afraid to Face the PeopleThis afternoon, Rogers Group filed a lawsuit against Tippecanoe County officials regarding the ordinance passed this summer. The lawsuit is intended to challenge the legality of an ordinance which passed unanimously in order to protect citizens from the negative impacts of quarrying operations.

This move is intended to take the fight out of the political arena – a battle Rogers would clearly have lost – and put it in the legal arena. Yet again, we have been prevented from stating our case and putting this quarry issue to rest.

Please attend the upcoming public meeting on January 15 at 7:00 PM at the Buck Creek Community Center to learn more about this.

As for the AACC, nothing has changed. We are staying together, and we will continue the fight.

Nate Hofmann, AACC Vice President

 

photo by Robert Temple Ayres

Rogers Group Sues Tippecanoe County Over Stone Quarry

The Journal & Courier reported this afternoon that Rogers group is suing Tippecanoe County.

On Thursday afternoon, Rogers Group, Inc., filed a lawsuit against Tippecanoe County, the Board of Commissioners, the Area Board of Zoning Appeals, the Area Plan Commission and the county’s building commissioner. – Journal & Courier

Read the full article here:  Rogers Group files lawsuit against county

Americus Quarry Proposal Withdrawn by the Rogers Group

Americus Area Community Coalition Yard SignIn a move that surprised everybody, except the Americus Area Community Coalition, the Rogers Group has withdrawn it’s Americus quarry proposal from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Although the Rogers Group petition with the BZA has been withdrawn, the AACC will continue as an organization and will continue to monitor any activity the Rogers Group initiates relative to the proposed quarry.  As Kay Miller noted in comments with the Journal & Courier:

They could come back and say, ‘Look, we already have our state permit,’ ” Miller said. “So for two years we have to be really diligent, and then after that we just have to be diligent.

The Americus Area Community Coalition is here to stay.

Read the latest news here:

Rogers Group pulls Americus quarry proposal – WLFI.com

Rogers Group withdraws quarry proposal – JCOnline.com