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Time again for citizen input (01/20/2013)
From: Marie Kovecsi

A public hearing is set for Tuesday at 6:30 at City Hall. The report from the moratorium study is ready for council voting. Here is a link to the report http://www.cityofwinona.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Sand-Moratorium-Study-Final-Report-Jan-2013.pdf.

Citizen input was offered throughout the moratorium, though little discussion resulted from this input. It is time again for citizen input.

The report offers four recommendations.

First to amend city code in many areas. Second is to set distance between "All structures housing processing equipment and stockpiles shall be located a minim of 200' from residential property." (This is included in the "Quality of Life" section, ironically.) Third, moisture testing of sand piles by testing the interior moisture of piles. The last recommendation sets up a Traffic Impact Analysis process for travel not on truck routes.

These recommendations are inadequate and include many conditions that reduce their impact.

Citizens have repeatedly offered research and ideas related to these areas. None were incorporated into the final report.

Here is what is NOT included in the Report.

ĽNo recommendations on monitoring air quality.

ĽNo discussion on diesel exhaust relationship to air quality. Dr Bures spoke to the Planning Commission and asked for this.

ĽNo discussion on cumulative impact from traffic from mining in other counties or Wisconsin, even though we know those truck numbers.

ĽNo discussion of traffic impact, except traffic between operations in the city. No impact of truck traffic on all current routes.

ĽNo option for road funding for repairs/amendments except citizen taxes.

ĽNo economic impact study investigating the impact of an unknown number of "mining/processing jobs" on our tourism/recreation industry.

ĽNo discussion on cumulative impact including county and regional activities. The option of requesting a Generic Environmental Impact Study to research these issues was not followed up.

This report is an initial step. We need more and ask that the moratorium be extended since there are too many unknowns, issues not followed up. The sand is not going anywhere. If our air, water, and quality of life is impacted, we need to know and then decide. Our elected officials are responsible to protect our health, safety, welfare and quality of life. Ask them to do thorough work before deciding.

 

 

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