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
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
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
Americus area resident speaks out against the proposed stone quarry in Americus.
Here comes the Rogers Group again, trying to ram through an ill-conceived and poorly located stone quarry, complete with blasting, silica dust and nonstop noise.
Read the full letter here – Here they come again on the Americus quarry
The Rogers Group has just completed their application with the Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals. This is the application that was initiated back in July of this year. It is unclear at this time if their application will be heard at the Jan. 28 meeting or at a later date. The AACC is preparing assuming it will happen at the January BZA meeting.
All BZA meetings are held in the Tippecanoe Room of the County Office Building, located at 20 North 3rd Street, Lafayette, Indiana.
If you have an interest in stopping the proposed stone quarry in Americus please mark your calendars for Jan. 28, 7pm, and plan on attending the BZA meeting.
Thank you for your support.
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Rogers Group Files Additional Plans for Stone Quarry
Members and friends, the Americus Area Community Coalition invites you to join us for the second annual AACC Holiday Gathering at Roberts Americus Restaurant.
When – Thursday, December 18 at 6pm.
Where – Roberts Americus Restaurant, 7460 Old State Road 25 N, Lafayette, IN 47905
Enjoy all you can eat chicken and fish – $12 per person.
RSVP by December 10th using the contact form below. Also, you can submit any questions you may have about the event.
Please provide the total number of people in your party. This will help in planning the food.
We look forward to seeing you there!