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Board hopes to get permanent flag on Rhinelander cell phone towerSubmitted: 01/17/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


RHINELANDER - Look up almost anywhere in Rhinelander and you see it-- a 138-foot tall flagpole.

But right now there's no flag, just the pole.

If the Parking and Advisory Board gets its way, you'll see a permenent flag on it this spring. The structure doubles as a cell phone tower owned by AT&T.

At Wednesday night's Parking and Advisory meeting the board discussed the latest proposal from AT&T.

The company wants a long term lease, but the board needs to fix some flag issues first.

"That we kinda have their attention and we have to say, this thing needs to be straightened out so that we can raise and lower a flag properly in proper times and get this thing up so that it can be up the way it should be," board chairman Mark Pelletier said.

The board also hopes to add a little color to the base of the flagpole. That means a mural, and last night's meeting looked at the possibility of getting one painted this spring.

"The initial plan was to have a mural painted the following year, cover everything up and go to something new," Pelletier said. "Maybe hopefully get local groups involved in it and everything."

The board hopes to partner up with the Nicolet College art department for the mural.

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