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Judge could decide on permits for proposed mega dairy farm Thursday

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

TOWN OF SARATOGA, WI (WTAQ) - A judge could decide Thursday whether to force a town government south of Wisconsin Rapids to issue building permits for a proposed mega dairy farm.

The Wysocki family filed suit last summer, saying the Wood County town of Saratoga put a moratorium on new construction after the family met all the requirements to get building permits the Golden Sands Dairy.

It would be a 7,000-acre farm that would have 5,300 dairy cattle plus supporting crops. The town’s building inspector, Lorelei Fuehrer, has refused to issue the building permits.

Town officials said the Wysockis did not submit all the required information before the moratorium – but family insists otherwise.

Four cranberry growers filed a legal brief last month opposing the project. They said the farm would add nitrates and other contaminants to nearby water supplies – and the growers said it would endanger their organic classification for their cranberries.

Visiting Judge Tom Eagon of neighboring Portage County held a hearing on the matter, and is expected to make the ruling.