Jackson Residents Plan Rally to Keep Incinerator Open


Jackson residents fighting to keep the county incinerator open will rally Tuesday night. Last month, the county administrator recommended that the incinerator close in September. that's when the county's contract with the department of corrections runs out. The department of corrections was paying $2.4 million a year for steam and electricity from the incinerator. County officials have tried to renegotiate with the state but have had no luck. They also offered to sell electricity to Consumers Energy, but they weren't interested either. If the plant closes, 33 people will lose their jobs, along with the $2.4 million the plant brought to the county each year. The rally is set to start at 5:00 Tuesday evening, in front of the County Tower Building. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners' meeting is set to start at 7 pm, so the commissioners will most likely run into the protesters.


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