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Activists Demand Transparency About Planning Process Of Indiana Enterprise Center

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Annacaroline Caruso
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Activists demanded more transparency about the Indiana Enterprise Center during a heated St. Joseph County Council budget meeting Tuesday night.

Activists stood outside the County-City building to protest a plan that would turn land between South Bend and New Carlisle into an industrial park.

At the meeting they spoke to the council for more than an hour - telling anecdotes of living on farms in New Carlisle. They also presented the council with emails obtained through a public records request.

Council President Rafael Morton said the new information could impact the planning of this project.

“There has been no, not one, type of decision made as far as how that land is going to be used," he said. " Now I understand that the people of New Carlisle need and should be included in this process. ”

Morton says public meetings to include New Carlisle residents are being planned but there is no timeline for when those will take place. Meetings between the council and Bill Schalliol with the Economic Development division are planned to happen in the next few weeks.

Schalliol has said there have already been public meetings about the IEC.

Contact Annacaroline at acaruso@wvpe.org or follow her on Twitter at @AnnacarolineC16

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