Healthy Dubois County Receives Grant Towards Litigation

The Indiana Rate Utility Payers Trust has given a grant to a local organization.

Healthy Dubois County will be given an unspecified amount of grant money from the Indiana Rate Utility Payers Trust. Vice President of Healthy Dubois County Rock Emmert says the grant will be utilized for covering costs of ongoing litigation with the Jasper Utility Service Board and the Jasper Common Council. Emmert says the organization is not at liberty to reveal the amount of the grant due to the litigation. A representative of the trust also declined comment on the grant’s amount.

Healthy Dubois County’s current lawsuit against the Jasper Utility Service Board and the Jasper Common Council, which was filed in Dubois Circuit Court, alleges that some executive sessions and meetings that a volunteer group of city officials held prior to its August 2011 decision to lease Jasper’s power plant to Twisted Oak Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia were held in violation of the Open Door Law.

Twisted Oak plans to convert the plant into the Jasper Clean Energy Center. The new center would burn both natural gas and miscanthus grass.