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Potential frac sand site could lead to recall election


Glenwood City (WQOW) - The future of frac sand in one community could lead to a recall vote.

"Let us vote on it. We're the ones living here, it affects our lives," said Julie Augesen of Glenwood City Citizens for Legal and Ethical Representation.

Glenwood City is nicknamed the City of Fifty Seven Hills, but one of those hills in particular could be home to a frac sand mine.

"You're a quarter mile from a k-12 school, you have the community of Downing a mile this way, Glenwood City right back here," Augesen said.

A citizen action group formed earlier this year to get the thoughts of the community.

"We had volunteers go around here this summer and over fifty percent of registered voters here in Glenwood City wanted to vote on a referendum, yes or no. Volunteers went to the meeting with the city council. They automatically tabled it, didn't give it much thought, and then went into closed door session with Vista Sand," explained Augesen.

So the group collected hundreds of signatures for a petition to force the town's mayor and two city council members into a recall election.

"The number one concern is silica dust. We don't want our children breathing that in," Augesen said.

The group says all it wants is a chance to weigh in.

"Many of us, if we got a vote on what the citizens felt, we were okay with that," said Augesen.

Citizens collected enough signatures; now those signatures must be verified before a recall can be finalized. We contacted the mayor and city council members being targeted for a recall. They did not return our call. We also contacted Vista Sand, but did not hear back.

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