ONEIDA COUNTY - People who own private boat launches in Oneida County might be able to repair or upgrade them soon. Right now, it's illegal to make improvements on private ramps if the lake has a public access ramp.
"The committee gave clear direction that they want that to happen," says Karl Jennrich, the Oneida County Zoning Director. "They want people that have private boat launches to have the ability to improve them. In the same breathe the committee stated they wanted to take a look at the possibility of requiring some kind of storm water management requiring some possible mitigation as part of redoing that existing boat launch."
The county's Planning and Development committee wrestled with the thinking that went into the current ordinance.
"If you have a private boat launch that exists and you do have a public boat launch on that body of water we weren't allowing them to really do anything with that," says Jennrich. "The theory being again we don't allow any new boat launches on that body of water, why would we allow someone to improve an existing one."
The committee will present their plan to the county board for approval.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
PHILLIPS - About seven years ago, a driver killed a pedestrian walking across Lake Avenue, the main street in downtown Phillips. It was dark and misty that night, and the walker was trying to cross in the middle of a block.
But pedestrians are often at risk in Northwoods downtowns, even on sunny days, and even when they're using crosswalks.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
RHINELANDER - We'll enjoy great weather this week, but we know it won't last too long. Workers at golf courses across the area know that incoming fall weather spells the end of their season, so they're trying to capitalize on the next few weeks of warm forecasts.
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