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Cherokee County residents brave cold for peaceful protest

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This was the scene Monday afternoon: Residents of Cherokee County stood along 7th Street voicing their concerns and hopes.  

"We're here trying to let a lot of people know what's going on, get a lot of people involved and maybe we can get some changes made," said Galena resident Merle Baker

Merle Baker and fellow protesters spoke about wanting more transparency from the Galena City Council in regard to the city's economic standing. 


And as the signs show, they also want to stop a proposed landfill near Riverton, saying it is a liability to the city.

"Our children and our children's children will be paying for this things," said David Sizemore. "There's now sense in it. And we don't need it."

After the sun went down, many in protest went inside for the city council meeting to continue their quest.

"I'm here to learn more and form my own opinions and have a voice," said rural Galena resident Joseph Maghe.

Council members did not explicitly discuss the landfill at the meeting, due to a moratorium made six months ago.  

But in regard to the city's financial decisions, Mayor Dale Oglesby said he is proud of what the city has accomplished with its funds.  

"We've made some phenomenal strides over the last five or six years in regards to the appearance of the city, we've been demolishing structures that are dangers. You know, we're really moving in the right direction."

As for the crowd the meeting attracted, Oglesby said he was inspired by the peaceful protests and that is was demonstration of freedom.

"That's what democracy and that's was America's all about. I was heartened by it."

"If we don't stand for what we believe in, we have no reason to complain," said Maghe.

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