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Grandview wins lawsuit against residents blocking construction of solar project

Grandview wins lawsuit against residents blocking construction of solar project

GRANDVIEW, Ind. (WEHT) — Grandview has won a lawsuit against some of its residents who oppose the Grandview Solar solar project. Some wanted to prevent the development on their “good farmland.” A Dubois County judge says there are no problems with construction starting. According to Eyewitness News, at least 100 people are against the development. One of those hundred – Jim Kost – is saddened by the decision. “I wish Grandview would wake up and see what’s happening to this little town here,” Kost says. “It’s going to be ruined. There are about 125 people in town who don’t want this.” Kost has lived in Grandview for over 50 years. He is not happy with Judge Nathan Verkamp’s decision to dismiss the residents’ lawsuit to prevent the project. Grandview Solar developers want to install solar panels on hundreds of acres, Eyewitness News told reporters. “I feel like there’s a lot of land north of here that’s coal mining land that they could have built this on,” Kost says. “It’s just a shame they brought this into our town. We have to look at this every day.” When Eyewitness News spoke to representatives of the project in June, they were told the township will receive $20 million in tax revenue and another $650,000 for sewer improvements in Grandview. But Kost is convinced others in town don’t want the development and that the farmland will be permanently destroyed. “This farmland out here – it’s been farmland for years and can continue to be farmland,” Kost says. “I think it’s too close to town. The farmland will be returned in – say – 20 years. I don’t think the land will be worth a damn. The land will not be profitable.” Kost tells Eyewitness News he believes property values ​​will also be ruined. The city’s residents have 30 days to ask the court to review or appeal the decision.