Representatives of the engineering firms suggested grants, TIF funds and bonding as funding sources for the projects.
Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin addressed the commissioners during the public comments portion of the meeting, reiterating a wish for Logansport Municipal Utilities to be involved in the project.
A letter from the commissioners to LMU Superintendent Paul Hartman from October 2013 reflects the county is open to considering a proposal from LMU, should it submit one in writing. Hartman’s reply states information from the engineering study is necessary for such a proposal and goes on to request such information.
The commissioners, however, declined to release any information from the report until the public meeting.
“We find it unreasonable to hold a public hearing and expect intelligent and informed comments from the public, when access to the report has been repeatedly denied by those in possession of it,” Franklin told the commissioners.
In an interview after the meeting, Cass County Commissioners President Jim Sailors said LMU would have to bid on the project like any other interested party.