In an interview after the meeting, Halfacre confirmed Miller’s interest in exploring shutting down the plant was the reason behind his actions.
“His job is to protect the ratepayers but it’s also to protect the employees of Logansport Municipal Utilities,” Halfacre said, going on to accuse Miller of only wanting to lower rates in order to look out for the company he is president of, Myers Spring Co.
“If you’re not going to look out for ratepayers, then you shouldn’t be on the board,” Halfacre said. “It was time he be called out.”
Halfacre also said he thinks Logansport switching to Duke Energy would perform the opposite of Miller’s predictions and raise rates.
“Right now, LMU answers to ratepayers. Duke doesn’t.”
Other board members expressed displeasure with the incident.
“It was out of order, 100 percent,” said Marty Monahan. “There’s a time and place for everything and that wasn’t it.”
Jay King disagreed with Halfacre’s understanding that one of the board’s responsibilities is to ensure employment.
“That’s not our job,” he said. “Our job is to protect the ratepayers. There won’t be jobs for anyone if rates aren’t protected.”
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or email@example.com.