Residents who couldn't get in the auditorium due to capacity issues wait outside the lobby and parking lot of city hall during the Muncie City Council meeting Monday. Staff photo by Corey Ohlenkamp
Residents who couldn't get in the auditorium due to capacity issues wait outside the lobby and parking lot of city hall during the Muncie City Council meeting Monday. Staff photo by Corey Ohlenkamp

MUNCIE — Muncie City Council President Doug Marshall said he was worried about the tension in explaining why he abruptly called an end to Monday's meeting.

Mayor Dennis Tyler said he believes the concerns of residents are "justified" and that he will "not be a part of anything that's going to put any type of chemicals or any type of dust emissions into the air that's going to be harmful to our citizens."

And both mayoral candidates in the general election reversed course, changing their thoughts on the project amidst all of the public outcry.

That's some of the reaction from local leaders as the community continues to boil over a proposed hazardous waste recycling facility.

Tensions ran high as over 500 protested plant

Tensions ran high throughout a crowded, long and busy city council meeting Monday night. A crowd of more than 500 people spilled out of the City Hall Auditorium and into the hallways and parking lot.

The meeting was filled with odd events, with the crowd yelling chants at council members, control at times difficult, Marshall eventually calling an end to the meeting and then the meeting resuming after he left.

Marshall's decision to end the meeting was supported by fellow council member Linda Gregory, who said she encouraged the move as the meeting began to derail.

The move left a lot of residents who sat through the three-hour meeting confused and angry.

Marshall said he thought keeping control of the meeting was going to become an impossibility with the crowd, which became riled up by several individuals. That was proven to be partially true, as he left the meeting to attendees shouting profanity at the council member for his decision.

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