RHINELANDER - The Elbo Room Lounge brings in a lot of people with big-name concerts.
But the building isn't up to code to handle that many people.
For the last two years the fire department allowed the Elbo Room a temporary occupancy limit of nearly 700 people.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams says, "[the owner] wanted to first see if this kind of thing would work in the city. And it did. Mr. Mason, then, went and got state-approved building plans to go and do all these upgrades and renovations to the property. But it's gotten to a point where he hasn't done them yet."
John Mason owns the Elbo Room.
Chief Williams says Mason must make the changes or the occupancy limit will go back down to below 300.
Buckcherry is scheduled to perform at Elbo Room July 16th.
The fire department will allow 700 people at that show.
Williams says the concert was already scheduled and there's a lot of community interest.
"Mr. Mason has to have two firefighters and two police officers stand by at the concert to be there for safety concerns with that large of a crowd," says Williams.
Chief Williams says Mason does care about the public's safety.
He also says the Elbo Room Lounge is important to Rhinelander, and he doesn't want this issue to put it out of business.
We called Mason, but we haven't heard back from him yet.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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