CAFO Decision In Jeopardy Over Open Door Violation

Monday night’s decision to deny a Grant County farmer’s request for a Confined Animal Feeding Operation permit may be in jeopardy due to an apparent violation of the Indiana Open Door Law.

Student journalists and several members of the public requested to record the meeting, but were denied even though it was an open meeting.  Under Indiana’s Open Door Law, those meetings can be recorded.

Lawyers for the Area Plan Commission told the “Chronicle-Tribune” they were treating the meeting as a court hearing, not an open public meeting…even though a vote was taken in an open setting.

Because of the apparent violation, the legality of the meeting and the vote are now in question.