EAGLE RIVER - Missing an emergency call could prove costly. That's why the Vilas County board recently approved new communication towers throughout the county.
They'll build two towers and lease space on another. Vilas County will have 11 towers all on a simulcast system.
"The radio system we're talking about is the Vilas County radio network that serves our fire and EMS personnel," Jim Galloway with Emergency Management said. The alerting function of that, the paging function, and the two-way communcations are very critical for public safety. We need to make sure that no communications are missed."
Galloway says they've never missed a call to the point where a service wasn't provided, but this change is necessary.
The project costs more than $1.2 million.
The county board approved the plans last week and construction should be completed by mid-next summer.
'Wellness Court' Offers Alternate Sentence for Alcohol & Drug Offenders
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
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