RHINELANDER - Finding a balance between preserving water and using it for recreation can be difficult.
That's what Oneida County is tackling.
Currently, the county limits how many and how large a homeowner's pier can be. That's based on lakefront footage.
But is that too restrictive?
This issue struck a heated debate in Wednesday open meeting.
Minocqua Resident, Jim Rein, "I’ve lived on lakes a long time. If you’re going to catch bass it’s under a pier not out in the middle of the lake. Piers have a great habitat for fishing."
But Rhinelander resident, Bob Martini, disagrees. "The lake is owned by the public. Every pier restricts that navigation. The size of that pier that’s a number of footage take out of use for each lake," he said.
After listening to everyone’s concerns, the zoning committee voted unanimously to keep the current laws in place.
The Oneida County Zoning Director, Karl Jennrich, said "A lot of people come up here for our lake property. If you want to regulate, regulate at a local level because then it’s in the hands of the local elected officials."
Over the next few weeks the committee will meet again to amend some of their current laws like allowing ladders and flag poles on private piers.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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