Area citizens have taken grievance against the lease holder of the Winona Port for a second time, and during a public hearing Tuesday, CD Corporation owner Dan Nisbit will be forced to defend his business again in front of the Winona City Council.
After the Winona Board of Adjustment unanimously approved Nisbit’s request to amend his conditional use permit (CUP) last month, to double the amount of frac sand barges his company can move in one month from 24 to 48, an appeal was filed.
In a letter addressed to Monica Hennesey Mohan, city clerk, appellant and member of Winona Area Citizens Concerned About Silica Sand Mining (CASM) Jane Cowgill said “concerns” and “questions about the particulars of the CUP” still remained.
Nisbit told board members that the amendment to his CUP was not necessarily “adding trucks,” but merely keeping in line with “evolving freight trends.”
“We have a customer down in Texas that wants the amount of sand that is very close to what we can handle [per the current CUP guidelines],” Nisbit said. “We want to go forward and secure other business in the future.”
Council members will discuss the appeal during a public hearing, when the CUP amendment will face a final vote. If the decision of the board of adjustment is upheld, CD Corp. will be able to move as many as 48 frac sand barges in one month. However, if the council rescinds the decision, CD Corp. will be forced to adhere to language in the old CUP.
The Winona City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall.