League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette
Wabash River Corridor Initiatives
Get an update on happenings Tuesday evening, November 10th, 7p.m., at the Tippecanoe County Public Library, 627 South Street, downtown Lafayette.
Tony Roswarski, Lafayette Mayor and President of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation, will have the latest on the Old National Bank development and river promenade.
WREC Executive Director Stan Lambert will provide updates on other initiatives under way in Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County, as well as the larger effort to monitor and promote best environmental practices in the watershed.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette, the program is free and open to the public. It provides a good opportunity to support for environmental stewardship of the Wabash.
Wabash River Strategic Plan
Monday, Nov. 16, between 4:30 and 6:30 at the County Library is the follow-up meeting for community input on the Wabash River Strategic Plan that was revealed October 20.
More input from the community is desired.
Suggestions of trails, restaurants, docks, etc are being incorporated. Our area of the Wabash is an extension of this plan.
Hoosier Heartland Corridor Strategic Plan
The Hoosier Heartland Corridor Strategic Plan has progressed.
The Draft Plan is complete and a survey is available for your input…
A summary document of the plan is available online or hard copies are available at:
- the Buck Creek Post Office
- County Library
- Commissioner’s Office
- Area Plan Commission
- Mayor Roswarski’s office
- and the Lafayette Clerk’s office
It is 30 questions & should take 10-15 minutes. It is available online from now until November 16.
Thank you for your participation! Spread the word about the survey; your opinion matters! Please visit www.heartlandstrategicplan.com to access the Summary document, Draft Plan (full document), and the survey. (paraphrased from Erin Cotant ,Associate Planner, American Structurepoint, Inc)
photo credit: tengrrl via flickr.com
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
Tippecanoe Room in County Office Bldg
Hoosier Heartland Corridor Map
Wabash River Scenic Byway Map
US 231 Corridor Map
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.
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.
Since the formation 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.
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.
Tracy Brown – District 1
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Byers – District 2
email address: email@example.com
Tom Murtaugh – District 3
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a common email address that all the commissioners access. This email address is: email@example.com.
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
This 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