The Planning Commission will be asked to come up with plans for a baseline study of current air quality as well as the cost of implimenting an air monitoring system.
Council member Pam Eyden says it's important to keep the public safe from sand in the air and studies are needed.
Everyone on the council agreed that public safety is very important but Michelle Alexander was concerned about the message to potential businesses, potential costs and she feels the state should be in charge of air quality monitoring.
One air quality measure that won't be explored is diesal exhaust fumes.
Councilman Paul Double said Winona County is already 13th out of 87 Minnesota counties in most diesel particulates in the air. He noted the city should pay for any air monitoring system themselves because Winona had an air quality problem long before frac sand became a booming business.