Published in The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.: December 17, 2015
Editor: I have been a supporter of the Invenergy project in Jessup from the very beginning. The reason is simple. I have watched too many of our children move from the area just to find a decent paying job.
I have sat through council work sessions, special council meetings, planning commission meetings and monthly council meetings. I have listened to concerns and heard members of the opposition make their case.
While the recent news has been primarily about the $1 million host agreement, I have been most impressed by the care and thoughtful consideration the council has taken in contemplating the Lackawanna Energy Center proposal. Council and borough engineer Dennis Kutch have done an outstanding job. Council has asked Invenergy to provide checks and balances. Guarantees have been asked for and granted. Invenergy and government officials have worked with council and community members to address concerns and find solutions and answers to questions.
It is now time to get to work. We need council to vote yes to the conditional use permit application so we can get to work and break ground in the spring to help provide jobs for future generations.