DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of a northern Indiana youth camp are going to
court in their effort to stop a nearby farmer from being allowed to start
raising some 9,200 hogs.
The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved
a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half mile from the
600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.
The lawsuit was filed a court in Carroll County, where the camp is located
about 20 miles north of Lafayette, the Journal & Courier reported.
Camp officials maintain in the lawsuit that the hog facility should have
to be further away from the camp, which it describes as similar to a small
town, educational facility or church.
The suit also contends the commissioners' rezoning decision "threatens to
substantially burden Camp Tecumseh's religious exercise" during regular
services at its outdoor chapels six days a week through the summer months
and Sunday services throughout the year.
Joe Bumbleburg, the attorney for farm owner John Erickson, declined
comment to The Associated Press about the lawsuit Tuesday.
No court hearings have yet been requested or scheduled in the case. Camp
Tecumseh's filings state that additional documents will be submitted by
Camp Tecumseh, which is along the Tippecanoe River, hosts a variety of
activities, including camps for children who've suffered burns and those
with asthma or kidney troubles. Camp CEO Scott Brosman has said he worried
about the impact of so many hogs on the camp that hosts some 35,000 people