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Town Official Appealing Decision on Golden Sands Dairy Permit
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/31/2013

A group of Wood County town board members and local citizens are not taking no for an answer in their quest to stop a local company from building a large dairy farm near Wisconsin Rapids. Media reports say an attorney representing Lorelei Fuehrer, the town of Saratoga's building inspector, has filed an appeal with the District IV Appellate Court to overturn a judge's decision to grant the Wysocki Family of Companies the necessary permits to build the proposed 5,300-cow Golden Sands Dairy.

In April, Circuit Count Judge Thomas Eagon ordered Fuehrer to issue permits for seven structures for the project. Fuehrer had been denying the permit request from the Wysockis after the town's board voted last July to place a moratorium on all new construction projects shortly after the farm's plans were announced.

The Wysocki Family, which also owns the Central Sands Dairy in Adams County and an 8,400-acre potato and vegetable operation, unveiled its plans for the dairy in June 2012. But a month later, the town board issued the moratorium after neighbors began expressing concerns over the farm's potential impact on their water tables. The Wysockis then filed a lawsuit against the town and its supervisors for approving the moratorium, saying the move was an attempt to specifically hinder the Golden Sands project.

The Wysockis must also get state permits for 49 high-capacity wells, obtain a Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit and complete an Environmental Impact Statement before the project can proceed.

The DNR plans to hold further public hearings on the project once the permits are issued.

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