Shuttle diplomacy: A day after Tenaska flew town officials to Texas to view a plant in operation, the company's director of development, Helen Manroe, made a presentation to the Morristown Chamber of Commerce. Manroe (left) answered questions from Debbie Tracy and Price Glazey afterward. (Maribeth Vaughn)
MORRISTOWN — Officials who hope to bring a $500 million power plant to Morristown were warmly welcomed at a meeting Tuesday of the Morristown Chamber of Commerce.
While the 1,200-member community is divided over what a large, natural gas-fueled plant would mean for Morristown, the lunch gathering was mostly positive, focusing on the economic growth the project by Nebraska-based Tenaska would bring.
The meeting came on the heels of a trip Monday, in which Tenaska paid for 10 local officials to tour a similar facility in Texas.
While Helen Manroe, director of development for Tenaska, gave a presentation to the roughly 60 people present, those who toured the plant in Texas were also eager to share their experience with the crowd.
“They’re clean – these people take care of their business,” Morristown Councilman Larry Tracy said. “It is a very impressive site. It is not a noise rattler. If they set up, we’ll hardly know they’re here.”