Loading

51°F

49°F

52°F

49°F

49°F

47°F

52°F

48°F

49°F

46°F

48°F

52°F
Search
NEWS STORIES

Arbor Vitae & DOT Dispute 1.4 Acres Submitted: 04/16/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


Photos By Shardaa Gray

ARBOR VITAE - A small piece of land caused a not so small dispute between the Town of Arbor Vitae and the Department of Transportation.

Now, they're hoping to finally come to terms.

The town board and DOT have been negotiating over a piece of land for more than 10 years.

That's a long time to argue over 1.4 acres.

Both the DOT and the town say it should be resolved within the month.

The issue is that the DOT owns the land the town wants to buy.

It's between Highway 70 and Big Arbor Vitae Drive.

The DOT is asking for more than 19 thousand dollars, but town board chairman Frank Bauers thinks it's a little over priced.

"It would be nice if we had it. It's not a necessity because we own 88 acres across the road," said Bauers.

"So we can make a parking lot as big as Miller Park if we want to, but it would be nice to get the whole thing straightened out once and for all."

We spoke with a representative for the DOT last week.

Their main goal is to work with the town and get things resolved.

"It's our goal to work with the township. I know they're in disagreement with the initial estimate that came their way and we'll sit down and work with them and work through all the land transfer issues that exist with that particular realignment up there," said Region Programming and Planning Chief, Brian Gaber.

"We'll hear them out and see what they have to say, look at their counter offer and negotiate further with them to resolve it."


The DOT was not at the meeting tonight.

Bauer says the next step is to bring this issue to their attorney.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's administration has determined that complying with Wisconsin's phosphorus limits would cause substantial social and economic impacts.

+ Read More

Play Video

VILAS COUNTY - Many people enjoy exploring the Northwoods on a bicycle. The Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail spans 47 miles.

Local communities hope more people will use the trail.

+ Read More

Play Video

WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Public Service encourages any emergency responders to apply for its "Safety is Worth the Energy" grants. It will award 25 $2,000 grants this year.

All of WPS's service area can apply. Money is used for departments to provide special equipment or training which they otherwise wouldn't have.

"This is the second year we're offering the "Safety is Worth the Energy" grant for our local emergency responders in our service area," said WPS Community Relations Leader Leah Van Zile. "That would be fire departments, emergency rescue squads, police departments."

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - Tomatoes brought in from warmer parts of the country this time of year can often be tasteless.

Some supermarkets bring those tomatoes in because most local tomatoes aren't ripe. The growing season in Wisconsin is short and some farmers are only beginning to plant tomato plants.

+ Read More

Play Video

PRENTICE - Almost a mile of forest and underbrush stands blackened near a Price County railroad track.

A train likely sent sparks flying into the woods as it passed through the area on Tuesday afternoon. That ignited dry grass, trees, and brush near the tracks. The fire put DNR and local firefighters in action fighting the long, narrow fire.

"We believe it was caused by a train," said the DNR's incident commander, Joe Danowski. "It spread about three-quarters of a mile along the north side of the tracks."

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - A new report from the Sixth Amendment Center argues private lawyers don't get paid enough when doing public defense work in Wisconsin.

+ Read More

Play Video

MENASHA - Update: Tue. 5/5 2:50pm

Doctors have upgraded the condition of a woman hospitalized after a random shooting in eastern Wisconsin that left her husband, daughter and another man dead.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here