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Possible downtown reconstruction discussed at open forumSubmitted: 02/10/2014

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MANITOWISH WATERS - A Manitowish Waters woman wants to change the look of the areaís downtown.

Some local residents arenít thrilled with her plans.

The town used a forum to talk things out.

Newswatch 12 was there and talked with the townís supervisor.

"Itís creating a lot of tension in the community. I think we have to find a way
to fix it and to ease their feelings." said Manitowish Waters Town Board
Supervisor, Eric Behnke.

Construction can cause tension.

You can find that feeling in Manitowish Waters.

One person in the community want to upgrade a local park.

But a good portion of the funding would come from a private donor.

"Itís creating a lot of hardships, people are not happy about it and as a town
we need to find a way to make this situation better." Behnke said.

Liz Uihlein owns businesses in the area.

She wants to change the look of the community and she could.

But the town hasnít approved her proposal.

Thatís why the chamber sponsored a town forum so people could talk and ask
questions about the donations.

"Is there a process that you use to evaluate them? At what point do we say, you
know, 'Too much of our budgets is these donations and itís not what we have
funded'?" said town resident, Scott Bertz.

"As well as how much of this is the townís plan and how much of this is someone
elseís plan?"

But many of those questions donít have answers.

Thatís because donations donít need a vote by the townís people.

"Unfortunately with our policy, if itís a donation, some of the town board
members can use that money without townsmen approval," Behnke said.

"I think thatís what we need to focus on."

But the possibility of voting on donation spending is still up for question.

"The one thing we can do is be open and honest with people. We have to
communicate with people about whatís going on," said Behnke.

"If they donít have an opportunity to vote on these projects, then they really
donít know about them. So I think itís our job to communicate with the people
about whatís happening and educate them on where the moneyís coming from and
what itís being used for."


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