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, 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, 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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