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MADISON – Nine Birnamwood and Wittenberg residents are challenging a permit issued by Shawano County that would allow a livestock operation to expand.

The group of nine has appealed the county's decision to the Livestock Facility Siting Review Board. They object to a conditional use permit issued to Matsche Farms Inc., located near the intersection of County Hwy. N and River Rd., in Shawano County.

Any residents and landowners within two miles of the proposed expansion may add their comments until September 22.

 Each of those parties may file a statement with the review board, which will consider the statements as part of its decision-making to uphold or overturn the local government's decision.

Statements of position must pertain to specific issues presented in the appeal; no new arguments or evidence will be accepted. For a copy of the appeal, or "review request," call or email review board attorney Cheryl Daniels, 608-224-5026, cheryl.daniels@wi.gov. The county's decision record is available by contacting the Shawano County Office of Corporation Counsel, 311 N. Main St., 715-524-3181.

Statements of position must be limited to the issues outlined in the request for review submitted to the board; be 10 pages or less, in type no smaller than 12 points for typed documents; include the docket number for this appeal (17-LFSRB-01) as well as seven copies along with the original, if submitted in paper form. However, email is the preferred method to submit statements.

Email statements to DATCPsitingboard@wi.gov, or mail paper copies to LFSRB, ATTN Attorney Cheryl Daniels, PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911.

The livestock siting review law established the review board as the citizen group to hear appeals when a local government either grants or denies a request for a new or expanded livestock operation. The appeal process is open only to the applicant and property owners or residents within a two-mile radius of the proposed operation.

The review board has 60 days to make a decision after receiving certified documents from the local government.

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