It wasn’t easy, but MOR/ryde International got the clearance it needed Monday, May 20, to expand its Cooper Drive plant despite protests from neighboring property owners…and a very close vote. A tie vote between two Elkhart County commissioners — Mike Yoder for and Frank Lucchese against — mixed things up a bit. Because the two were in disagreement, and commissioners president Terry Rodino had recused himself from the hearing, the decision was based on the Elkhart County Plan Commission’s positive recommendation from April.
After the vote was finished, about 100 people poured out into the hallway. In tears, Eastwood Elementary School PTA president Tanzie Nielsen told me she had no comment about the outcome of the public hearing. I gave her a little space so she could collect her thoughts. A few minutes later, she approached me with a simple, yet confident statement:
“This is not over,” she said. “This doesn’t end here.”
Nielsen didn’t elaborate, but I’ll keep you updated if I hear more from her.