Power plant proposal tensions continue in Oakwood Hills, 3 resign from board

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A suburban town is divided and its residents in an uproar over a power plant that is set to be built near their homes and schools.

Three members of the Oakwood Hills village board resigned late Wednesday night. Among them was Melanie Funk, who has board president for just over a year. She says plans to move out of town after local bullies and threatened her over a $450 million natural gas power plant she and the board were entertaining for the suburb.

Locals blame her almost exclusively for creating the tension in their town.

Opponents of the idea, site environmental concerns, health risks, and quality of life as reasons to walk away from the proposal . Signs dot the yards of so many who would be affected by the plant.

Last night hundreds dressed in red delivered a call to action. They want a show of force and they need money to fight the plan they say they knew little about until recently.

It was a plan so secretive, people like Ricciard claim the board acted illegally.

In a letter to the board of trustees, Funk walks away as village president emotionally bruised and professionally scarred in the process, saying, “… I no longer feel that I can continue to take the abuse that I have been subject to over these last few months…you will learn that neither the board nor myself have done anything wrong and that we have followed the laws that we took an oath to do. We never had secret meetings and we have already been cleared of that accusation… The last few months have taken a toll on my health and my family.”

Next meeting with new interim village president scheduled for Oct 9th.



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