The Herald Bulletin

April 23, 2013

Second reservoir public meeting tonight

By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin

DALEVILLE, Ind. — Delaware County residents will have a chance to hear Mounds Lake Reservoir proponents discuss the plan at Daleville High School tonight.

It’s the second of three panel-style discussions that are being held to introduce the concept to the affected communities in Madison and Delaware counties.

Connect Madison County, which is hosting the meetings, the first of which lasted about 90 minutes, calls them “non-political, informative, interactive events,” said Connect founder Shawn Neal.

Daleville High school is located at 8400 S. Bronco Drive. The meeting will be in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. The public will be allowed to submit questions to the panelists in writing.

Local radio personality Gary Brummitt will moderate the discussion. The panelists are:

 Rob Sparks, executive director of the Anderson/Madison County Corporation for Economic Development, who is the chief proponent of the project.

 Chad Pigg, president and CEO of SESCO Group, which has performed environmental studies for the project.

 Jonathan LaTurner, project manager for DLZ Engineering.

The third panel discussion is scheduled next Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., at Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University.

Later this week, Sparks said, he will be meeting with officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana Department of Environmental Management to deliver a project overview. He may also brief Indiana Department of Transportation executives.

Next month, Sparks said he will begin working with local officials in Madison and Delaware counties, and Anderson, Chesterfield and Daleville elected leaders in hopes of forming a regional commission to move the proposal to a phase-two study that will take a closer look at environmental issues and costs.

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