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Proposed Power Plant Divides Small Indiana Town

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The development has not only raised red flags when it comes to Tenaska, Goedde said, but it has also increased tension between residents and town officials.

Goedde filed a formal complaint with the Indiana public access counselor last month, after the town council voted to ban audience members from recording meetings.

The council has since rescinded the rule, realizing it is against the state’s Open Door Law. Still, Goedde said she was shocked members would even consider it and was upset they made the motion in a special meeting in which it was not on the agenda. Goedde is also frustrated her comments on the town’s Facebook page have been removed.

The public access counselor will make a decision on Goedde’s complaint later this month after hearing from the town attorney and clerk-treasurer.

Ralph Henderson, town council president, has a simple hope for the meeting: “Calm.”

Henderson said the council passed the rule banning recordings last month after the public got out of hand at a meeting. While he said town attorney Mark McNeely suggested the rule, the council rescinded it at the following meeting when members realized it was violating state law.

Henderson said he’s not going to let the next meeting get out of hand, and he hopes Manroe’s presentation will answer a lot of questions.

Bottom line, Henderson said, is town officials need to learn more details about the plant before even thinking about granting tax breaks to Tenaska.

“I’m not saying I’m for or against it. Everyone has said we’ve already signed papers,” Henderson said. “I haven’t heard one of them say they’re for or against; I don’t think they can be. You’ve got to look at what’s best for the town, like anything.”

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