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.
MINOCQUA - These plants may look pretty but they're taking over our rivers and lakes. Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County's Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She is working to map and control the yellow iris, the plant you see here. She and two other conservation workers spent the day weeding Stacks Bay.
"They invade our wetlands. They're a really robust, aggressive plant. What they do is they crowd out our native species and make actually the wetland a lot less diverse," says Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator.
Removing yellow iris is a slow process. It takes three hours of work just to properly map and control 20 feet of shoreline.
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