Candidate responds to attacks in recent letter
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:51 PM
The Houston County “Conservation Farmer of the Year” award is granted by the Root River Soil and Water Conservation (RRSWCD) Board of Supervisors and not by a staff member, such as Mr. Bob Scanlan.
Over the years, my wife and I have implemented numerous conservation practices on our farm. We appreciate the excellent assistance and technical advice we received from RRSWCD. We are proud of this conservation award and proud to live in Houston County, where the vast majority of farmers do implement good conservation practices.
Regarding frac sand, after studying the issue for eight and a half months in 2014, the majority of us who served on the study committee and on the Planning Commission concluded that a ban was most likely unenforceable and was legally a very risky proposition for Houston County taxpayers.
I did support the two-year frac sand moratorium, which gave the county time to study the issue. The moratorium ended in March of 2015, with the County Board not coming to an agreement on if and how the mining ordinance should be changed. Approval from four of the five commissioners is needed to change an ordinance.
Contrary to the dire warnings issued by a number of individuals, the county was not flooded with frac sand mine applications. No frac sand applications have been received since the end of the moratorium.
Nonetheless, on Aug. 23, the County Board unanimously adopted a mining ordinance change that limits the size of all county sand mines to less than 20 acres and limits density to a half mile apart.
Wisconsin has 192 industrial sand mines, several over 3,000 acres. Of the 192, only five are less than 20 acres.
Ken Tschumper’s statement that I bragged about the county not enforcing the mining ordinances is totally false.
If I am elected county commissioner, my decisions will be based on what I believe is best for Houston County residents and taxpayers.
Facts will drive my decisions, not pressure from individuals or groups.
Dan Griffin, candidate
for Houston County commissioner District Five