Arland has a cluster of frac sand mines and an ordinance that includes the grandfathering-in of several mines so that they are not beholden to the ordinance. The town board has five members- three of whom have mining interests. They were legally advised to abstain from all discussion and actions where they were personally involved with a mining company. The decision to grandfather-in mines should be examined more closely. Only Robert Nelson (mine owner and town supervisor) abstained from voting to grandfather-in. Dale Degerman, a voting member of the board sold his land to EOG for mining. Pam Fall, a non-voting but vocal member of the board (clerk) also has land in mining.
A copy of the Arland non-metallic mining ordinance was requested 9/24 (no response yet). Also asked for the names and locations of companies grandfathered-in and the basis for that decision. No response as of 10/10.
8:00 PM / Town Hall
call to order —
roll call —
minutes of previous meeting —
treasurer’s update —
highway maintenance report / Jason Bruder —
updates from Superior Silica Sands and Midwest Frac —
public comment —
review & payment of bills —
set next meeting date —