Following a public hearing, the Winona City Council Monday voted 5 to 2 to uphold a previous decision by the Board of Adjustment to approve the construction of an above-ground flammable liquids storage tank for Cytec Industries.
Gabriel Dybing, who along with 10 fellow neighbors, filed an appeal of the Board of Adjustment’s decision, asked the council to consider the safety of the surrounding neighborhood.
A total of seven people spoke against the expansion and two, including Winona Chamber of Commerce President, Della Schmidt, spoke in favor of it.
Jim Wright, Cytec plant manager, told the council the company has had an excellent safety record for many, many decades and the expansion is safe.
The approval means Cytec Industries can move forward with its 13-million dollar expansion project that is expected to bring 40 to 60 new jobs to the city.
Council members Pam Eyden and Gerry Krage voted no, both questioning the safety and proximity of the storage tank to the neighbors. Krage did suggest to Cytec representatives they confer with the neighbors on a regular basis about their concerns.