The Winona Planning Commission Monday voted 5 to 2 to recommend to the City Council that a pair of air monitors be placed on the YMCA roof to monitor silica sand and diesel emissions.
Commissioner Dale Boettcher made the initial motion, noting the state pays for most the project and it's a great chance to get a baseline on the air quality.
Chairman Craig Porter, who along with commissioner LaVerne Olson voted no, said after the discussion with a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency representative and past public hearings, he has found no need for monitoring right now.
Commissioner Mandi Olson, who was attending her first meeting, abstained from voting.
The MPCA has said the air monitors would be working January 1st through December 31st, 2014. The estimated cost is $60,000 and the MPCA would pay for the project.
The City Council will address the recommendation at their next meeting, December 2nd.