Commissioners Clash Over Biomass Website
Aside from questions about the Mayor's assistant, there was another tense exchange over another flashpoint at Thursday night's city commission meeting.
Commissioner Susan Bottcher accused fellow commissioner, Todd Chase, of playing politics for his role in launching a website that questions the value of Gainesville Regional Utilities' new biomass plant.
Bottcher felt the website is "political" and facts disseminated there instead should be found on GRU's website.
"Looking at this, 'Its our intention to educate the public'. Who is 'our?' Bottcher said, addressing Chase during Commissioner Comments. "Is it just you or your research team? Who is your research team--is it Ozean Media?"
Chase felt this went too far.
"You know is it really going to get to this?" he replied. "Are you really going to stoop to this level on this dais?"
Ozean Media is a Republican consulting firm based in Gainesville.
Chase said the website is designed to educate residents...and that is no different than efforts by other commissioners to gather and disseminate information.
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