The second of four forums in Oneida county is set for Thursday evening at the Nokomis town hall, not far from Oneida County forest property that has mining potential.
Oneida County UW-Extension and Oneida County Economic Development Coporation are hosting the forums. The first was Tuesday at Nicolet College.
Extension Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Myles Alexander talks about the upcoming forums, designed to provide the public with information from some experts...
"...The next one is Thursday evening at the Town of Nokomis hall. We'll have the doors open at 6:30. We'll have some display items, maps and to learn about the site and the process and the forum begins at 7:00 p.m. In Sugar Camp next Thursday at 3:00 p.m., a similar set up. On Saturday, October 27 in Minocqua we have a forum at 10:30 a.m..."
The Sugar Camp forum is at the town hall and the Minocqua forum is at the Minocqua Center. Alexander says there is a new website that has more information about the process...
"It's hosted at Placespeak.com...you can search by list or geography and look for information about Oneida county about mining...."
He says there's a sign up at that site along with access to a You Tube video. Myles says the format is a 'deliberative' forum, unlike a town hall-type of event. He said it's mainly a small-group conversation around a table. He says this type of forum helps people sort out their thoughts about mining and what is best for Oneida county.
Oneida county residents will provide guidance through an advisory referendum November 6 asking whether the county board should pursue mining at the Town of Lynne site.
A link is here.