Glenwood City Council sets recall election
Following a lengthy hour-and-a-half discussion focused on substantial cuts to the Glenwood City 2014 budget at their Thursday, Nov. 7 meeting, Glenwood City Council members signed certificates of sufficiency officially certifying the recall elections of Mayor John Larson, and council members Nancy Hover and Dave Graese. The council has been under fire for months for its handling of a potential frac sand mine proposed for a location near the community’s school.
City Clerk Shari Rosenow read each of the three certificates aloud, noting that 83 qualified signatures were required to enable a recall of each official. In Larson’s case 110 signatures were qualified, 108 in Hover’s case and 103 in Graese’s case. Each recall will be handled as a separate election.
“I support Sheila Harsdorf’s legislation that people should only be recalled if they’ve done something illegal,” Hover said.
The elections are set for Dec. 17. Should a primary be required, the Dec. 17 election would serve as the primary, with the actual recall election then scheduled for Jan. 14.
All three sitting officials will be automatically considered candidates unless they resign before election day.
When asked if he thinks a sand mine could be the answer to adding revenue to a strapped city budget, Larson replied, “I believe that. We’ve not experienced the growth that the west side of the county’s had. Our expenses are going to continue to increase. Unless we can find some new source of revenue, whether that’s tax based or industry, we’re going to continue to do this every year. Some department is going to lose every year. Pretty soon what’s going to happen is we’re not going to be able to afford a fire department. We’re not going to be able to afford to have an ambulance. We’re not going to have a library and we may not have a police department. Several small communities depend on the county.”
“I look at the sand mine issue as a great opportunity for the city,” Larson said. “Other communities, notably Independence and Whitehall, both approved annexation applications in the last two weeks. I don’t feel that the health issues are as significant as a lot of people do. But I’m not in favor of having a great big open pit mine similar to the one in Bloomer. This location will be more similar to the one just east of Menomonie. People won’t even see it when they drive by. I think it can be done right. It has to be done right.”
Candidates for any of the elections have until 5 p.m., Nov. 19, to file nomination papers with the clerk’s office.