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City council members say they were left in the dark about proposed meat packing plant in Gering

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Gering city council members are voicingtheir frustrations of being kept in the dark about a proposed meat packingplant coming to Gering.

Council member Rebecca Shields addressed the council Mondaynight, saying she heard rumors on Facebook that city officials were meetingwith representatives from the meat packing plant Future Food Energy.

Future Food Energy is the same company attempted to bring apacking plant to the city of Scottsblufflast year, they were denied.

Shields says she felt shocked to find out discussions were happeningwithout the consent of city council.

She says city staff and council are supposed to be transparent, and work together to make decisions that are best for city and Gering citizens. 

"This is one of those instances that I feel the councilmembers could have been informed of this packing plant wanting to come to Gering.I also feel that council members should have been able to let staff know which directionto go with this," Shields said.

Council member Jill McFarland agreed with Shields, stating that council members had "no answers" when asked by people in the city about the plant.

"As council members we are voted into our positions by our peers,how are we supposed support what our peers want if we know nothing about this certaininstance?" Shields said.

City officials made no comment to the council following councilmember Shields' remarks.

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