Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Will the highway department relocate?Submitted: 08/19/2014
Story By Jeanine Ilacqua

RHINELANDER - The Oneida County Highway Department may need to relocate.

Kwik Trip has made a formal offer to purchase the current highway department building for a new Kwik Trip location.

If the purchase is approved, the highway department will move facilities. The details of the proposal have yet to be released, but the county board has discussed the proposal in numerous closed sessions.

The board met for a meeting today.

"A basic package has been prepared that we'll review with the county board, talking about the advantages of moving the highway department, the cost of upgrading our current facility and other issues," said chairperson of the Oneida County Board David Hintz.

This package will be presented in a meeting on Thursday August 25 at 9:30 AM.

The public is welcome to attend the open session, but the meeting will close while the board discusses specifics of the proposal.

Many county board members have toured the highway facility to gauge just how much upgrading needs to be done.

Although it will cost more money to move to a new location, selling the building to Kwik Trip offers the county certain advantages.

"If we do sell the property to Kwik Trip, and they develop the property with a store and potentially other retail locations, it puts that property back on the tax roll," said Hintz.

Plus, the new upgrades to the facility could increase the assessed value of the neighborhood.

A decision is not guaranteed from Thursday's special meeting, but the board will give the proposal strong consideration.

The board expects a Kwik Trip representative to attend the meeting to answer any questions.


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





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/16/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos responds to harsh criticism from Rhinelander's Robert Kinney, a former member of the Ethics Commission who resigned a month ago saying the board "require(s) too much secrecy and too little transparency."

We'll tell you why it's important to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species even in winter.

We'll introduce you to a Land O' Lakes elementary student who didn't want anything for himself this Christmas but instead wanted help from the community so he could give to his classmates.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

ANTIGO - In a week, the Christmas trees of Antigo will burn in a huge bonfire.

Community volunteers will burn the trees next Monday in the annual city event. This Monday, those trees disappeared from the streets.

City workers rounded up, crushed, and hauled away Christmas trees from the curb all across the city.

+ Read More

RICE LAKE - Police say a man in a small northwestern Wisconsin community was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building.

Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night.

+ Read More

PHILLIPS - The Phillips School District covers 600 square miles. That means a lot of time on the bus for many students, and a lot in fuel costs. This year Phillips is trying something new, hoping that investing a little extra money now pays off down the road.

The Phillips School District bought two new buses for this school year. Both buses run entirely on propane, rather than diesel. 

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - It took a couple years to come back, but lots of volunteers made sure Eagle River could get its ice castle back in time for the middle of winter.

The icy tradition took more than one-thousand hours to put together.

The Eagle River Fire Department and other volunteers stacked the 90 pound blocks over the last five days.

Each ice block is nearly uniform, so they fit together like legos. 

"It's a tedious process using those ice scrapers and getting that tight seam," said Fire Chief Michael Anderson.

Even though it took a lot of hours and manpower to get the job done, Anderson says they do it for the Eagle River community.

"I see it as an obligation for our community, to put it together because they like it so much and it brings so many tourists to the area," said Anderson. 

The castle will stay up as long as the weather stays cold. 

You can visit the castle at any time. It is near the railroad depot on Railroad Street in Eagle River.


+ Read More

MINOCQUA - It takes a lot of guts to quit your day job and follow your passion. But one Minocqua woman has had success with her painting. And now she's sharing it with others.
Benson quit her job as a dental assistant three years ago to follow her passion as an artist.
"When I learned that I could make people happy with things I created…it was more of an encouragement for me to pursue it more," said Benson.
Now, she teaches others about how to step out of their comfort zones.
"Persuade you to take up something new or something you thought you couldn't do is always a good thing," said Benson.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River girl with some special skills hopes you'll go online to support her.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here