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Ridgeville, county sued by energy firm  

Summit Ridge Energy LLC filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the town of Ridgeville and the Monroe County Planning & Zoning Committee because the town vetoed the company’s conditional use permit (CUP) to build wind turbines in Ridgeville.

The suit alleges that the town of Ridgeville’s veto “exceeded its powers and jurisdiction; was contrary to law; was arbitrary, oppressive, and unreasonable, representing its will and not its judgement; and that it could not have reasonably been made based on the evidence before it.

The company requests that the veto be reversed and voided, the town be ordered to cease and desist from seeking enforcement of its veto and that the county recognize the conditional use permit as valid, lawful and binding.

Summit Ridge Energy requested a conditional use permit Feb. 5, which the Monroe County Planning & Zoning Committee granted April 30. The town of Ridgeville then vetoed the permit May 7.

Atty. Glenn Stoddard also filed suit May 29 against the Monroe County Planning & Zoning Committee for granting Summit Ridge Energy a conditional use permit that would endanger the health and safety of his clients William Semann, of Norwalk, WI, and Myron Brueggeman, of Chicago, IL, as well as interfere with a private airstrip owned by Brueggeman.

Summit Ridge Energy is represented by lawyers Peter L. Gardon, Raymond M. Roder and Bryan K. Nowicki of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, one of the state’s largest law firms (www.reinhartlaw.com). The town of Wells plaintiffs are represented by Atty. Glenn M. Stoddard, a lawyer in private practice in Eau Claire, who specializes in environmental and natural resources law, and land use and zoning law (www.stoddardlawoffice.com).

The Monroe County Planning & Zoning Committee will meet Friday to discuss proceedings for the two lawsuits with Atty. Michael J. Modl of Axley Brynelson, a Madison law firm (www.axley.com).

By Keith Zukas

The Tomah Journal

7 June 2007

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