RHINELANDER - Old abandoned store fronts can be eyesores But one store in Rhinelander might be hurting more than just the eyes. That's why the City plans to tear it down.
The City of Rhinelander needs grants to remove Lindey Cleaners. The grants would mostly come from the state. The City will sign a contract Monday night to determine the cost of the property.
"We'll be taking it down sooner or later but the only thing is that it's a cost factor and its extremely expensive in regards to it. [And] there's only one way that the city can handle it and that's with a grant system and we're going to have to get grants or we won't be able to do it," says Richard Johns, Rhinelander Mayor.
Lindey Cleaners, an old dry cleaner, served Rhinelander for decades. People fear the store may have years of chemicals seeping into the ground. The city first needs to purchase the property and investigate environmental damage.
"And that's a process that we'll have to work our way through that system too and see what we get. But it'll take a long time to get it. It don't happen overnight," said the Mayor.
It's still unknown how many chemicals are in the ground. Once the store is removed, the City may use the ground as a parking lot.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
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