May 13, 2014
Rogers Group Inc. is holding off on its request to operate a stone quarry near Americus, Indiana.
The company announced Monday that it is temporarily withdrawing the request so it can focus on addressing neighbor concerns, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.
After the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approved the proposal earlier this year, area residents said they would continue to fight the quarry. The site also faces opposition from the Americus Area Community Coalition.
The quarry permit would have gone to the Tippecanoe County Board of Appeals in June, and, if approved, the quarry would be located at a 524-acre site off State Road 25.
Rogers Group Vice President Andy Williams told the Journal & Courier that the company is withdrawing its pending application for a special exception.
“We have been working on this project for four years,” Williams said in the report. “There is no reason to rush this. We will spend more time soliciting input from the community.”
As part of the company’s efforts to ease concerns, Williams created a presentation that offers insight about the company’s history, safety record and community involvement, a description of the aggregates industry and details about the site and operations. He also plans to use a seismograph to monitor blasting and to notify neighbors of upcoming blasts.
The company also created a website in which neighbors can gather more information and submit questions or comments, and the company’s community outreach representative, Siobhan Robertson, told the Journal & Courier that she plans to directly communicate with neighbors in the coming weeks.
Rogers Group has not announced when it plans to reinstate its quarry request.