Asking for Permission

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Alvin Laszewski has a vision for his family's land just south of Mosinee, a development that he says will be a great asset for the community, but not everyone sees it that way.

In order for the development to go, Laszewski and a company called Rocky Mountain Development will have to stockpile sand on a portion of land near the city, something that's not popular with the neighbors.

"We're gonna end up with the dump truck traffic coming up and down this road and the noise that they make and then a mining operation is just noisy in general," said Mike McCain, a concerned resident.

The sand will be used to make cement on the site, which Laszewski says will help to build his nearly 400 acre development, that will include single family homes, condos, businesses and parks.

"There's gonna be commercial, where a person will have an opportunity to do a little shopping," said Laszewski. "It's gonna be nice, it's gonna be very pleasant."

And after the development is complete, which will likely take several years, Laszewski says the cement factory and sand piles will be removed, but plenty of residents in the area aren't satisfied and have petitioned to have the township deny Rocky Mountain Development the permit it needs to store the sand there.

Not because of the development, says McCain. He expects that, he just doesn't want to give up his peace and quiet in the process.

"That's gonna happen and these are the things that we are expecting in the area, not a mining operation," said McCain.

While a meeting scheduled for this Tuesday was canceled, the township of Mosinee will be holding a public meeting in the near future on the development and the permit.

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