Family Files Oneida County Case To U.S. Supreme Court
The family hoping to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. The Jaros family asked Oneida county and the town of Woodboro in 2004 to construct a religious based facility on family property. The request was rejected at the town, county and Board of Adjustment level. Appeals were rejected in U.S. District Court in Madison and most recently by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. In each U.S. court, the judges have ruled that the town, county and Board of Adjustment--a county zoning appeals court---have not violated a federal law which prohibits governments from discriminating against religious groups by using zoning laws. In filing to the nation's highest court, the family asks a number of questions concerning the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and whether their rights were violated by the local governments.Last November, the family also filed with Oneida County Circuit Court, tracking an action in the state courts. That case is in the early stages.