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Attorney Reacts To Judge's Ruling On OC Development
Monday, U.S. District Judge William Conley denied an action brought by the Jaros family and others to build a camp and conference center on their property. The town of Woodboro, Oneida county and the county's Board of Adjustment were named as defendants. Conley said the county and town did not deny the family their religious rights under federal law when they denied permits to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center.
An attorney representing the town of Woodboro, Mark Hazelbaker, says the town was pleased the ruling came out as it did. He says it never was about the town trying to limit religious activity as it was the size of the proposed facility...
"....the issue has been from the start that the plaintiffs have wanted to impose a facility on a very small rural town that is far in excess of its' capacity to serve. That would be true regardless of whether it was a bible camp or a Tru-Valu hardware store of this size. It's simply too big for Woodboro..."
Hazelbaker says the town has not had a plan to facilitate a structure of this size, be it for fire protection or other needs.
Calls for comment from representatives from other groups involved have not been returned.