CORRECTED: Bridgeport township to hold recall elections July 1 and 15
Two recall elections in the town of Bridgeport will be held on July 1 and July 15, due to the controversial frac sand mine issue.
The Tuesday, July 1 election involves current Town Board Chairperson John Karnopp running against challenger Arnold Steele. A separate election on that ballot involves Town Supervisor Mike Steiner running against challenger Greg Webster.
Karnopp and Steiner voted to approve the conditional use permit for a sand mine between Highway 60 and the Wisconsin River. Steele has been opposed to the mine and in favor of requiring the mine to comply with zoning ordinances and laws of the township. From the beginning, Webster has stated that he is "not against the mine itself but rather is disappointed in the town board for not doing all it could to ensure that not only the residents, but the landowners as well, are protected for the life of the mine and any mines that may occur in the future."
The Tuesday, July 15 election involves Town Supervisor Rodney Fishler will run against challenger Alan Flansburg.
Fishler was not on the Town Board when the vote took place that resulted in approval of the conditional use permit for a sand mine in the town of Bridgeport. Residents in favor of the mine circulated a petition to recall Fishler, however. When Fishler has spoken at various meetings regarding the proposed mine, it appears he is against it. Fishler also sent a letter to the editor of the Courier Press expressing his opposition to the mine.