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Town Line Lake Park Sale On Hold

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The Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee has been planning to sell a portion of Town Line Lake Park since 2018.

Now, members of the public are speaking out against the sale.

This week, the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee tabled a resolution to sell a portion of Town Line Lake Park.

That means they won’t decide whether or not to move forward with the sale until their meeting in May.

The decision to table the resolution came after a number of community members expressed opposition to the sale.

Dave DeMent is one of those community members.

He and his wife started a Facebook group to connect people in favor of preserving the park.

DeMent said he sees Wednesday’s action as a win, but he’s not convinced the park will stay in public hands.

“Until we get some kind of positive move forward, I’m happy but I’m not ecstatic,” DeMent said.

The Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee directed the county’s forestry director, Paul Fiene, to work with the concerned citizens.

He plans to develop a report about what can be done with the park before the May meeting.

Fiene said the committee is listening to the community.

“As long as there are concerns of the citizens about the sale of that part of the park, I’m sure the committee will continue to listen to those concerns,” he said.

Erin Gottsacker joined WXPR in December 2020. As a morning edition host and reporter, Erin reports on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
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