By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - Florence County officials want Wisconsin state legislators to know that they are in favor of responsible iron ore mining in northern Wisconsin.
The Florence County Board of Supervisors authorized Board Chair Jeanette Bomberg to send a letter to that effect to legislators during the board's Tuesday meeting.
"They'll be developing legislation soon, and we want them to know our feelings," said Bomberg.
According to the letter, Florence County would like legislators to "work quickly to create and pass new legislation that creates a new DNR permitting process for iron mining in Wisconsin."
"By providing a reasonable regulatory framework for mining companies to operate within, Wisconsin will be able to compete with Minnesota and Michigan for high-paying mining jobs and the indirect job growth that our northern Wisconsin counties so desperately need," the letter continued. "Whether Florence County has an economically viable iron ore deposit or not, we are in favor of bringing responsible iron ore mining back to Wisconsin because of the positive impact it will have on the entire north woods supply chain from truckers to restaurants; and utility companies to repair shops."
In other business, the board:
- Adopted an amendment to the Florence County Code of Ordinances building code regarding fair housing and equal opportunity. Bomberg explained that the amendment brings Florence County into compliance with its local 10-county housing consortium.
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