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Land Dispute Over Proposed RoadSubmitted: 10/26/2012
Story By Ryan Michaels

WOODRUFF - Several landowners in Woodruff could fall victim to one man's wishes. Now property owners around Crescent Lake in Woodruff are in a dispute.

The Foltz's own property where no road reaches, and their lawyer says they want to build one for forest management purposes. The road would have to be built on surrounding neighbors properties, but they don't want it.

The Foltz's property, known as Arnett Farm, is north of Crescent Lake.

The Marciniak's say the road proposed by Foltz would not only depreciate surrounding property values but also diminish the Northwoods way of life.

"It would take a way the reason why my parents bought this land and all the other neighbors along here who bought this land for peace and quiet, and a nice northern get away without having all this truck congestion, noise, and pollution." According to Dale Marciniak.

The Foltz's need road access to their property for required logging purposes. By state law, the proposed road could be 66 feet wide, or the size of a five lane wide road. According to the law, the Foltz's would have to pay out of pocket for the road to be built. But because they signed the land up for Forest Crop Management, they are required to have it logged.

Foltz's lawyer says they only plan to build a road large enough for a logging truck to fit on. But surrounding neighbors believe other plans are in store.

"The cost of putting in a road, of this size, of this nature, at this cost, just to harvest forty acres of timber, I don't think that pays for this cost. I believe like other people believe, who have told us that his intentions are to subdivide that area."

But Foltz's lawyer says there are no plans for the land to be developed. The proposal will go before two town boards for a majority vote on November 14th.


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