Houston County official resigns

(2/3/2016) Winona Post

by CHRIS ROGERS

Long-time Houston County Planning Commission member Glenn Kruse resigned this week amid concerns that the Houston County Board's December 2015 decision to reappoint him was invalid under state law and county ordinance because he is a county employee.

Deciding how to regulate frac sand mining has divided Houston County in recent years, and since the County Board voted 3-2 to pick Kruse over several frac sand opponents who also applied for a seat on the Planning Commission, citizens and elected commissioners who oppose sand mining have raised concerns over Kruse's eligibility. Houston County Board Chair Judy Storlie described the problem with Kruse's reappointment as an honest mistake that has been corrected. Area resident Kelley Stanage argued someone should have known better.

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