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Prairie Grove Village Board adds its opposition to proposed power plant

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 1:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 12:10 a.m. CDT

PRAIRIE GROVE – A divided Prairie Grove Village Board added its voice to the growing opposition to the proposed power plant in Oakwood Hills.

The Prairie Grove Village Board voted, 4-2, on a resolution requesting that the Oakwood Hills Village Board and its zoning board “thoughtfully consider the overwhelming objections” before approving zoning for a proposed $450 million natural gas power plant.

“We recognize the decision to approve or reject the zoning application is the sole discretion of the village of Oakwood Hills and not this board in Prairie Grove,” the resolution says. “We acknowledge the authority of Oakwood Hills and its right to determine their own issues, but a power plant of this scale and scope should be viewed as a regional issue.”

The no votes came from trustees Everett Pratt Jr. and David Robak.

None of the trustees, either for or against, responded to a request for comment made through the village administrator. Village President Stanley Duda did not return multiple calls for comment.

The resolution does not cite a specific reason for the opposition.

The village joins two other local boards – the School District 46 Board and the Island Lake Village Board – in opposing the plant. Other area officials at the state and county level also have raised concerns.

Residents from several communities have voiced opposition, and one group has hired an attorney to fight the project.

The Oakwood Hills Village Hall is set to reopen Tuesday after being closed for nearly a month following purported threats made to officials during public meetings.

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