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Galena residents plan protest

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 Some Galena residents are organizing a protest requesting further transparency from the Galena City Council.

They plan to line 7th Street across from City Hall prior to Monday night's council meeting.

"We want transparency," said Royce Cantrell, protest organizer. "We want responsible open government."

Cantrell and others who will be protesting on Monday are busy passing out fliers.

They say the City of Galena has not been transparent about the spending of money brought in from burying Joplin's tornado debris at the Galena construction and demolition site in 2011.

"The city had very little obligations since 2011 when we started taking on the debris from the tornado, but now all the money is gone," Cantrell said. "We're in a negative balance. Those numbers just don't add up.

Mayor Dale Oglesby says he respects the group's right to protest, but feels that he and the council members are already being transparent.

"If there is any member in the governing board of Galena that has misappropriated funds, that's disposing of hazardous waste illegally, that's doing all of the things that are supposed to be happening, then they should be arrested," Oglesby said.  "I know personally all the people that are involved with this and this is a good group of people, a good city."

Oglesby says he is not concerned about findings in the current grand jury investigation, and says the city council is operating within the law.

"All of our accounting laws are set by the state," Oglesby said. "The city has to comply with that and we do."

Protesters say they are not trying to cause any trouble, but just want to bring attention to their concerns.

"Putting your leaders to question their own decision making and their own actions, isn't a combative thing," Cantrell said. "It's a responsible thing, to make sure that they are considering all the effects."

Protesters will begin assembling on 7th Street across from city hall around 3:00 on Monday afternoon and plan to stay until 6:00.
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