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Wood County Board sends messages to state


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) - Wood County's supervisors were discussing wolves, wells, and what the state is doing during their Tuesday meeting.

The County Board passed a resolution asking the Department of Natural Resources to limit the number of wolves to the original population estimate of 350. County Board Chairman Lance Pliml says they’ve had more problems with wolves recently. “We’re getting some of these animals into some fairly populated areas now, and causing some problems, not only with livestock but with domestic pets.”


Wood County is also paying close attention to how the DNR handles high capacity well permits.

Pliml says there are concerns about how well permits are granted now. “We as counties, or maybe even the local units of government if I even look smaller, have neither the expertise nor the capacity to be able to handle those issues, and we’re not advocating that we have that right that we can shut them down or deny permits, but that the DNR take a look at not just trout streams and lakes but maybe the effects on groundwater and the cumulative effect.”

Wood County presently has a major well dispute in the Town of Saratoga where a developer wants to build a large scale dairy operation.

Wood County’s Board of Supervisors has let the State of Wisconsin know they don’t agree with a recently passed law.

Chairman Pliml says the board sent a resolution to the State Legislature opposing recent actions to control county governments, such as the new law limiting the Milwaukee County Board’s authority with contracts, land sales, and labor negotiations while expanding the County Executive’s power. “We prefer local government self rule, and be able to make those decisions. If the people in Milwaukee don’t like what they have, they should change it, probably not the the state. In hindsight, we don’t want them looking at our structure and telling us what to do, so that was a pretty big issue.”

The Legislature passed Assembly bill 85 and Senate Bill 95 concerning self rule, and Governor Scott Walker signed it. Pliml says no county really wants the state telling them how to conduct their business.