UPDATE: Judge Rules Saratoga Mega Dairy Farm will Get Permit

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
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UPDATE: 4/11 at 5:01 p.m.

A judge has ruled building permits must be issued to the Golden Sands Dairy.

That's the controversial proposed 7,000 acre dairy farm owned by the Wysocki family.

Back in July the Wysocki family filed a civil suit against the Saratoga building inspector to issue building permits to the company after the town passed a moratorium on new construction. The company claimed it filed it's application for the building permits before the town suspended new construction. The town claimed, however, that the company did not submit all the required information by that time.

Thursday, Portage County Judge Thomas Eagon ruled the building inspector had all necessary information and complete applications for seven buildings and there was no basis for denying the company it's permits.

During a two-day hearing back in November, the Town of Saratoga indicated that if they lost the case they would appeal Judge Eagon's decision.

The project still faces several more challenges, including receiving approval by the DNR, before it can move forward.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/11 at 9:23 a.m.

SARATOGA, Wis. (AP) -- A decision is expected on whether a proposed mega dairy farm can build in southern Wood County.

A judge could issue a ruling Thursday on whether to order the building inspector in Saratoga to issue building permits for Golden Sands Dairy.

The Wysocki family filed a civil lawsuit asking the judge to issue the permits. The family says it applied for the permits before the town placed a moratorium on new construction.

The Wysocki family wants to develop a farm with 7,000 acres and 5,300 animals near Wisconsin Rapids.

The town of Saratoga says the Wysockis didn't submit all the necessary paperwork before the moratorium started. The Wysocki's company says it met all requirements.

The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune says Judge Thomas Eagon is expected to issue the ruling.

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