Ashland City Council Hopes Their Resolution Will Make Statement on Mining Issue

By KBJR News 1

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Continuous discussions following a key vote Monday in Madison on a mining bill that could make way for development on the Penokee Range.

The Ashland City Council passed a resolution tonight that includes issues members would like to see addressed in the bill, including tighter environmental regulations.

Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee voted 12 to 4 on Monday to pass a bill that would streamline the ferrous mining process in the state.

The City Council hopes tonight's vote will make a mark on the bill.

"I think that it was important for us to at least make the statement that would be closer to acceptable for the people of this community and I know the senate is planning on voting on this tomorrow and so really this is an opportunity for them to understand our concern and hopefully make some amendments so this isn't such a bad bill," said Kelly Westlund, Ashland City Council Representative Ward 11.

The senate plans to vote on the current mining legislation on Wednesday.