Many in Muncie and Delaware County have an opinion on the proposed Waelz Sustainable Products’ steel-dust recycling facility, including public officials, government bodies, business owners and more. As a way to help readers clearly see where elected officials and others stand, The Star Press, as part of its ongoing coverage of this topic, is keeping track. The Star Press gave all listed parties 24 hours to respond, and to declare if they are for or against the project or if they are in the process of deciding or have made the firm decision they will not take a stance.
We’ll update this list as others announce or change their position. If parties on this list change their position, the date they inform The Star Press of their change in stance will be noted.
Business owners, public officials and/or community organizations/leaders who wish to be added to this list can contact The Star Press at 765-213-5754.
County Council member (District 2) Ron Quakenbush
Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie
Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler
Yorktown Town Council. (Story)
Delaware County Health Department (Story)
City Council member (District 1) Doug Marshall
City Council member (District 4) Brad Polk
City Council member (District 2), GOP mayoral candidate Dan Ridenour (column)
County Council member (At-Large) Jessica Piper
County Council member (At-large) Larry Bledsoe
County Council member (District 1) Ryan Ballard
County Council member (District 4) Jane Lasater
Libertarian Mayoral Candidate Steve Smith
Muncie City Clerk Melissa Peckinpaugh
Ralph “Jigger” Smith, candidate for Muncie City Council, District 1
Undecided (is reviewing information and/or discussing the situation internally in expectation of potentially taking a stance):
Ball State University (President Geoffrey S. Mearns joins IU Health East Region President Jeff Bird column)
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (IU Health East Central Region Jeff Bird joins Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns column)
Todd Donati, director, Muncie Redevelopment Commission (column)
Muncie Community Schools/Jim Williams, school board president
Red-tail Land Conservancy
Yorktown Community School Board
County Commissioner Sherry Riggin
Council Council member (District 3) Mary Chambers
County Council member (At-large) Scott Alexander
Muncie Democratic Mayoral Candidate Terry Whitt Bailey
No stance (does not intend to take a stance on the issue):
County Commissioner James King
City council member (at-large) Linda Gregory refused to be classified by The Star Press, citing legal advice from the city attorney.
City Council member (at-large) Nora Powell refused to be classified by The Star Press, citing legal advice from the city attorney.
City Council member (at-large) Denise Moore refused to be classified by The Star Press, citing legal advice from the city attorney.
City Council member (District 5) Jerry Dishman did not respond to phone and email messages.
City council member (District 6) Julius Anderson did not respond to phone and email messages.
City council member (District 3) Lynn Peters did not respond to phone and email messages.
County Commissioner Shannon Henry, refused to be classified by The Star Press because county isn’t voting on the issue.
Seth Slabaugh and Robin Gibson contributed to this report.
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