WRPC note: The public hearings listed on the WRPC Website for June 23, in Rhinelander and Lynne, have been cancelled.
by Marcus Nesemann, Rhinelander Daily News, June 14, 2012
The Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee will forward two resolutions to the county board seeking permission to advertise for bids for mining proposals and to hold a referendum in November to gauge public interest in moving forward with mining in the town of Lynne.
The bids would be for “exploration, prospecting, and mining lease agreements.” The committee, according to the resolution, “feels that it is necessary for the lease agreements (to) be put out for bid in order to garner valuable information from the mining companies, which will in turn lead to a better assesment of public reaction at the time of the informational meetings that the committee is required to conduct pursuant to county policy.”
Those meetings, not to be confused with now-canceled public-information meetings, are required by the Oneida County Metallic Ore Prospecting and Mining Policy, which calls for them to be held “prior to entering into any mining agreements to asses public reaction.”