By Joe Buck
Mr. Kitchell, I ask you to not criticize what we are doing for the city of Logansport without having your facts correct. We are working toward building a better future for our community. I believe that we have no choice but to invest in a new power plant because we are mandated to do something by Washington. The whole process for the development of the power plant has been open and transparent to the public and a great deal of time and energy has been put into presenting the complicated facts to the community. Yet you continue to distort the facts.
The accusations you’ve made against Mayor Franklin and the City Council are unfair and inaccurate. Mayor Franklin is absolutely dedicated to this city and the new power plant is one of the steps he is taking to ensure that our community has a long and healthy future. It is unethical to accuse the elected officials of something without a source.
The current city administration inherited an aging power plant without a plan forward in how to produce energy for Logansport, keep the city of Logansport energy independent, competitive, and save LMU’s labor force.
You claim that Mayor Franklin and the City Council have “hijacked” the responsibilities of the Utilities Supervisor. That is not the case. Paul Hartman fully backs the decisions that Mayor Franklin and the City Council have made in regard to this power plant. The Utility Service Board made the recommendation to begin negotiations with Pyrolyzer LLC to the City Council for our approval. No one was hijacked. No one was coerced. There is no grand conspiracy.
Many times the original master plan is brought up as being ignored by the LMU board, the City Council, mayor and consultants. Master Plan option 4 was to switch to Natural Gas generation at a cost of $100 million, a cost that would be added to our current electric rates.