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Angry Seneca Neighbors Fight Proposed Light and Water Development

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Neighbors are angry about what some call a "secretive" development. Neighbors are angry about what some call a "secretive" development.
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It’s a more than $3 million development that neighbors don’t want.  They’re outraged by what they called a secretive plan to bring an eyesore next door.

Documents show the plan was above board but it remained under the radar. Everything was done in public but the public said they don’t know anything about it.

They’re angry about plans for the old Kellet Elementary school.  It’s an abandoned building in the middle of a well-established neighborhood. 

The city of Seneca wants to turn the site into a new headquarters for Seneca Light and Water.  It would mean new offices inside the old building and parking for a fleet of trucks and power supplies out back.

“Myself, my wife and my neighbors are all very angry,” said resident Tim Stitch

7 On Your Side got more than a dozen emails from concerned neighbors who called the city’s plans “secretive” and “outrageous”.

Most people in the Adams neighborhood said they never knew the city’s plans until after the city sold bonds, spent more than $200,000, and hired a contractor.

Turns out, they aren’t the only ones surprised.

“We were very surprised and some of the comments that are out there are disturbing.  These folks these council folks aren't bad people," said Seneca city administrator Greg Dietterick.

Documents show the city did hold open meetings starting on January 8th.  They’re just not the kind of meetings generally attended by members of the community.

That first discussion of Kellet Elementary was in a “Department Head Work Session”.

It was mentioned again at a council meeting in April and October.  The winning contractor was awarded the bid the last week of last month.

Dietterick also said he posted the plans for the new building online.

“These projects these drawings are on our website but they don't view it,” he said.

Members of the Adams community do appear willing to assemble for the public interest.

When they found out about the plan to move transformers and trucks nearby, they were able to bring hundreds of neighbors together.

They’re posting online and contacting the media to stop the program.

Construction was supposed to start Monday but is on hold while the city meets with those angry neighbors.

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