FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Tom Keen, the Democratic candidate for Indiana's 16th district senate seat, held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss ongoing issues with Aqua Indiana's water service in Aboite Township.
Keen says his Republican opponent, incumbent senator and Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, voted in favor of a 2009 bill that made it more costly for the city to pursue eminent domain by preventing the city from recouping expenses from impacted residents through higher fees.
He says, if elected, he would like to repeal that law. He says he would also like to implement new legislation aimed at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).
"One of the things I would like to do is propose a law that would make the IURC more responsible for making sure that a troubled utility company can be taken over by a city municipality or another competitor," says Keen.
All options are on the table, says Keen, when it comes to rectifying the ongoing water pressure, water quality and cost issues with Aqua Indiana. He says, as a state senator, he would be part of discussions about the continued sale of Fort Wayne water to Aqua Indiana, a public-private partnership between the two, a complete sale to the city or, as a last result, claiming eminent domain.
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