TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It was standing room only as people for and against an ordinance to ban stone quarries in residential areas spoke to the Tippecanoe County commissioners Monday. Both sides spent about two hours combined addressing the commissioners. When it came down to a vote, commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance.
The ordinance passed its first reading at last month’s commissioners meeting. It aims to ban the operation of a stone quarry within a two mile radius of 100 or more homes. This means Rogers Group’s proposed stone quarry in the town of Americus would be banned.
The ordinance’s first reading was not a line item on the June 16 agenda, and Rogers Group said no one knew the ordinance was being proposed. On Monday attorneys for Rogers Group and Rogers Group’s Andy Williams spoke against the ordinance. They said the ordinance is anti-quarry because there are few areas in the county where a quarry would be allowed that would be in compliance with the ordinance.
Those in support of the ordinance took most of the two hours to speak. They spoke on a range of topics about Rogers Group’s unreliable safety record, to what a quarry would mean to property values in the town, to the potential of being exposed to radon because of the quarry.