Judge rules Logansport resident must reimburse city after power plant lawsuit

Plans for a power plant in Logansport have been officially approved Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Plans for a power plant in Logansport have been officially approved Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) – A Logansport resident must reimburse the city more than $24,000 in legal fees after a judge’s ruling regarding the city’s power plant project.

Julie Kitchell, represented by attorney Jim Brugh, filed suit last March alleging the city did not follow the correct sequence of statutes needed to enact a state public-private partnership with a company that would build a power plant.

The city’s attorneys argued successfully that the state’s public-private agreement statutes do not require any specific sequential timing.

The $24,000 fee ordered by a Cass County Judge will cover legal fees for the city for work done at the county level. It will not cover expenses related to work done in an earlier state Supreme Court ruling.

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin said he is happy with the result. He said he is confident the city has done everything by the book as officials continue to pursue the power plant, which is scheduled for a vote before the city council next month.

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