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Land Information Okays Conditional Use Permit

The Marinette Land Information Committee approved a conditional use permit during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 11 with more fanfare than is usually required.

The approval of conditional use permits is typically done with little to no controversy, but this particular application resulted in significant discussion from the committee. The application came from the Michalski Family Trust for a parcel of land in the Town of Wagner where they wished to make a road (that goes through wetland) for the purpose of logging.

However, the loggers they contracted with already made the road, as the applicants claimed they were unaware of the necessary permits required due to the fact that they are from Michigan. Some committee members were skeptical of this excuse and Clancy Whiting in particular expressed concern with a precedent that might be set if the committee approved the permit request.

Whiting was worried that it could set a precedent where someone could begin a project and then come for the permits after it was already started with the expectation of getting them anyway.

The committee did opt to grant the conditional use permit to the applicants, but with the conditions that the width of the road shall not exceed 24 feet at the base and 12 feet at the top, breaker rock will be used in areas where the slope is not 3 to 1 and a permit must be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) within six months. If these conditions are not met, the permit could be revoked and the county and/or the DNR could pursue legal action against the applicants.

DNR wildlife biologist David Halfmann presented the committee with a wildlife report. He noted that it has been a very good year for waterfowl with water levels up thanks to a summer with a large amount of rainfall. Halfmann also stated that turkey populations are doing alright and that deer populations are high.

Chairperson Ted Sauve and committee members Whiting and Mary Noll will attend the Lake Michigan Area Land & Water Conservation Association Fall Conference at the Rite Place in Green Bay on Friday, Oct. 13.

Senate Bill 395, regarding the end of a moratorium on certain kinds of mining in Wisconsin, was brought to the attention of the committee. However, discussion of the bill was pushed back to next month to give members more time to look it over.

The committee's next meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.


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