DECATUR, Ind. (WANE) – The discussion over a potential Decatur slaughterhouse is beef that’s well done by now, as Tuesday marked the third time it has been on council.

Over 100 showed up at the city council meeting with a wide range of opinions on the matter.

From the beginning, activist group Friends of Decatur has opposed the slaughterhouse, even starting a petition. They did a presentation Tuesday night to try to convince the council to vote against the slaughterhouse.

I-O, the company trying to put the slaughterhouse in Decatur, also presented at the meeting. I-O has told WANE 15 in the past the $20 million investment would initially employ more than 100 and the workforce would grow to more than 200.

Since the last time Decatur’s City Council voted no on changing its rules to allow a slaughterhouse, I-O has been hard at work trying to prove their facility would be worth it. The company has offered educational tours aimed at showing residents the slaughterhouse won’t hurt the quality of life in Decatur.

During the meeting, a number of angles were pursued on both sides.

The Friends of Decatur showed up handing out a speech, on the back side it had legal documents showing a crime Riggs Florence, the president of I-O had committed in the past.

Florence responded by saying those things were a part of his past, and that it has nothing to do with the company as a whole.

The Friends of Decatur also presented the City Council with a survey that they derived some of their talking points from.

A big stat they referenced a few times was that 92% of the 142 people who took the survey had issues with the slaughterhouse.

However, when Mayor Dan Rickord looked at the survey he concluded that the data actually said that only 59% of the polled population had an issue.

He wasn’t given an explanation that showed the 92% statistic.

In addition, the validity of the survey was brought into question.

It claimed that it only polled residents of Decatur, but how that was done is unknown.

The survey also had no protection against the same person taking it multiple times. When Rickord pointed it out an attendee yelled from the back, “I took it three times,” and another said “two.”

After each city council member made a statement, they decided to hold a vote at the next session to change the ordinance or uphold it. That motion to push the decision to the next session passed with a 4-1 vote, Councilman Scott Murray of the 4th district being the only nay.