UPDATED 9/25/13: citizen generated video of September 16, 2013 Glenwood City Council meeting HERE.
Original Post 9/17/13:
Over persistent opposition from citizens, on Monday night the Glenwood City council went into a closed-session meeting with representatives of Texas frac sand company Vista Sand.
Before entering into a private meeting on September 16, people were given an opportunity to address the council. Numerous citizens asked the city council if they had received a request to annex from Vista Sand. “Absolute silence” was the response, reported local citizen Charlotte Heimer. “They just sat there.”
Many citizens feel they were left without representation at the closed-session meeting. The Glenwood City council, widely viewed as “disconnected” with the community on sand issues, was represented by Terry Dunst of Bakke Norman in New Richmond. Vista Sand was represented by Anders Helquist of Weld, Riley Prenn, Ricci, Eau Claire.
“Who is in there speaking for us?” asked one resident angrily.
Citizens asked to leave the closed meeting waited outside the community building discussing their next steps. Bystanders report that council member Crystal Booth, whose motion for a referendum was tabled by the council, left the closed meeting early in disgust.
“In my opinion, it’s over,” said local businessman Jim Laskin in a statement to WI Voices. “The council has made up their minds. They go through the motions of a democratic process, but it is all window dressing. They hold our cumulative intelligence in very low regard.”
The majority of registered voters have signed a referendum petition compelling a public vote on frac sand mining issues. However, under Wisconsin law the council has no legal obligation to honor it.
“I look at it this way,” Laskin continued, “If they insist on absolute authority, then they will assume absolute responsibility for putting that mine next to our school.”
WIvoices.org has been closely following this story:
The Huffington Post report on Glenwood City frac sand
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