Saratoga seeks legal guidance on proposed large-scale dairy

As appears in Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

SARATOGA -- Town officials are considering hiring a special attorney to find out what they can and can't do about a large-scale dairy proposed for the southeast portion of the town.

Town officials don't know yet how much authority they have in approving or denying the dairy, Saratoga Town Chairman Terry Rickaby said. There still are more questions than answers when it comes to the proposed dairy, he said. The proposal would create one of the state's largest dairy farms, a 3,500-cow, 6,000-acre dairy and produce farm.

At a Town Board meeting Tuesday, Rickaby was authorized to hire an attorney who specializes in agricultural issues like those connected to the dairy.

Still, the town's only option might be to accept whatever decision is made by the state Department of Natural Resources, Rickaby said.

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