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Despite strong opposition from two supervisors, the Pierce County Board voted last week to rezone a 568-acre farm from Primary Agriculture to a zone that would allow denser residential development. On a vote of 14-2, the county board rezoned the land owned by Phil and Patricia Most, Town of Clifton to General Rural Flexible 8, increasing the potential density on the land from 28 to 113 houses. "If there's one vote cast tonight to deny a farmer his rights, it's an insult to all of us," said Oak Grove farmer Gene Schommer, speaking to the board before the vote.
Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle filed a small claims action against County Board Chairman Dick Truax Friday, alleging Truax violated Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law. Truax is accused of barring county board members Don Nellessen and Dale Hines from an Oct. 22, 2002, meeting of the Personnel Committee. The committee met that day to conduct a performance evaluation of Administrative Coordinator Mark Schroeder. Violation of the Open Meetings Law involves a $25 to $300 penalty.
Community residents are invited to line the streets of Ellsworth to show their support for members of the U. S. Army Reserve 652nd Engineer Company as they leave for Fort McCoy Thursday. Village President Jerry DeWolfe was working hastily Monday to help arrange a sendoff for the unit, which was mobilized that day. DeWolfe said the unit's first trucks will leave at 10 a.m. Thursday. The second group will leave at 10:30 a.m. "We want to get as many of the community together to line the streets and wish them well," said DeWolfe.