“But again, I want to emphasize that this is not a no to supporting the project,” Housh said. “It’s just no to adding $125,000 to the green space fund at this time.”
Boutis said Yellow Springs has contributed to Glen Helen projects before using the green space fund.
The power plant is an eyesore and a public safety hazard, Boutis said, and the longer it’s up, the more likely it is that someone could get hurt by it.
“We have an old and unsafe building with asbestos, upstream from the Glen,” Boutis said. “Any pollutants from that building are going straight to the Glen.”
The power plant has not been operational since 2007, but it was built in the 1930s for Antioch College use, he said.
“It’s a terrible place to put a power plant,” Boutis said. “It’s right on the edge of a spring-fed wetland, and right on the edge of the region’s largest, most visited, private nature reserve.”