MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana county council has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir project.
The seven-member Delaware County Council passed the resolution Tuesday, calling on county commissioners to join in opposition. The resolution also objected to a recent decision by Anderson’s Corporation for Economic Development, which spearheaded the project expected to cost at least $400 million, to give more control to officials in Madison County and in towns near the proposed site, including Daleville, Yorktown and Chesterfield.
“We don’t take this action lightly and without consideration,” council member Mike Jones said. “If we thought this was a good deal for Delaware County, we would buy into it.”
The reservoir would be created by damming the White River in Anderson, creating a lake stretching seven miles from Anderson to Yorktown and flooding part of Anderson’s Mounds Mall, adjacent business properties, about 400 homes and parts of Mounds State Park.
Supporters say the project would provide a future water supply, as well as recreational and economic development opportunities, The (Muncie) Star Press (https://tspne.ws/1KlTnxx ) reported. But opponents say it’s unnecessary and would destroy some of the area’s cultural elements.
The council’s vote of opposition was expected after more than 50 people expressed their disapproval of the project and none shared their support of it during a recent public hearing.
“I haven’t heard from anybody in our community that’s for it,” council member Scott Alexander said.
The resolution cited Indiana Code that council members said backed up their objection.
County commissioners are scheduled to meet June 1.
Information from: The Star Press, https://www.thestarpress.com
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