Last-minute legal issue delays halfway house decisionSubmitted: 04/14/2014

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer

RHINELANDER - Opponents of a proposed halfway house in Rhinelander went home disappointed Monday night.

They hoped the Rhinelander City Council would make the rejection of the project official.

But a last-minute move by the agency pushing for the halfway house forced the council to delay their decision.

ATTIC Correctional Services wants to set up the halfway house on Rhinelander's west side.

Ex-convicts recovering from drug- and alcohol-related crimes would live in the home.

Neighbors have rallied against the project.

The home would be near people's homes, a city park, and a school bus stop.

The City Council expected to make a final decision Monday night on whether to allow it.

But with just hours left until that decision, ATTIC's lawyer brought up some legal issues with Rhinelander's City Attorney.

"She didn't have time to review those issues, so the City Attorney went ahead and recommended the City Council table the item. It gives us a chance to review those issues before the council comes back and makes a decision," said Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn.

The issues were brought up so late, city officials couldn't even share the specifics with us.

Oborn expects the legal review to take less than a month.

The halfway house question should be back on the council agenda on May 12.

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