Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Veteran camp director pleased after county lowers speed limit on narrow highway in Lake Tomahawk Submitted: 09/25/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
Reporter/Anchor
aherrera@wjfw.com

Veteran camp director pleased after county lowers speed limit on narrow highway in Lake Tomahawk
LAKE TOMAHAWK - Lake Tomahawk's Camp American Legion gives active military members, veterans, and their families a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. 

The new director of the camp, Don Grundy, saw some changes needed to be made, especially when it came to the speed limit near the entrance of the camp that sits off County Highway D. 


"You [have to] listen," said Grundy as he waited to cross the road. "I can hear a car coming now. With these hills here, you can't see."

Since becoming director at the beginning of May, Grundy says they've had three or four close calls with passing cars. 

There's a boat landing across the street from the camp, which is used regularly for boat trips and other activities. Grundy says the 45 mph speed limit was too fast. 

"We have the most deserving, best customers in the world and I think they deserve a safe crossing here," said Grundy. 

"It's narrow, hilly, windy [and] a combination of everything‚Ķit was best that the speed limit would be reduced 35 miles an hour," said Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek. 

Grundy brought his concerns about the speed limit to the highway department. Last week, the Oneida County Board agreed to reduce the speed limit after a speed study was done by the state. 

"I believe that if we don't change something here, it's not if something's going to happen. It's when something's going to happen and I know nobody wants that," said Grundy. 

Grundy says every year, the camp hosts about 1,800 people. A quarter of those campers use wheelchairs, walkers, or electric scooters.

Grundy knows the speed limit change is a step in the right direction, but there's still a ways to go. 

"If we can get folks to reduce their speeds, people are going to be safe and that's what camp is. It's a safe place for our families to come and stay and they deserve it," said Grundy. 

The state recommended other changes to Highway D after the speed study was done.

Some of those changes include removing brush blocking sign locations, straightening out sign posts, and adding law enforcement presence.


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





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - The excessive amount of rain last weekend not only damaged roadways and private property, but wildlife management areas as well.

Blocked or washed out culverts and roadways on state land limit access to areas used often by people.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Jim Brust's mother died of Alzheimer's. However, the Pelican Lake man believes a healthier lifestyle made a difference in his mother's quality of life after her diagnosis. 

"It was very important to maintain her nutrition [and] her physical activity. So it was at least maintaining the progression of the disease," said Brust. 

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Health Awareness month. Community outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre said taking care of your body helps strengthen your brain.

+ Read More

PRICE COUNTY - A Price County man won a $90,000 Badger 5 jackpot earlier this month.

The Wisconsin Lottery reports Rudolph Scotch of Catawba successfully chose the winning numbers of 2, 13, 15, 29, and 30 for the June 14 drawing.  Scotch bought his winning ticket at Catawba Farm Supply on Highway 8.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - It took The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce just two days to replace its executive director. Lauren Sackett took over the position Monday.Maggie Steffen announced her resignation Saturday after less than two years on the job.

Sackett was the event coordinator at the chamber. She has worked under three different directors since 2014.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Fourteen years later and a family of superheroes are back on the big screen, but Incredibles 2 is also sparking some concerns. 

After the movie's box office opening, movie theaters like Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander got a letter from Disney. 

"There's some elements of the story with some of the characters, like the villain in particular, where they identify that there could be concern because of some of the strobing effects that are used," said Rouman Cinema owner George Rouman.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - S'mores, sleeping bags, and firewood are usually at the top of people's camping checklist.

A recent law change made it legal to move firewood but the DNR still hopes people don't.

Since 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources banned bringing your own firewood to a state property, unless you live 10 miles or closer to the property.

"[The ban is] to attempt to prevent the spread of invasive diseases and insects that can have a detrimental impact on our forests," said DNR State Forest Team Leader Tom Shockley.

He says currently, the entire state of Wisconsin in now quarantined for the invasive species emerald ash bore and gypsy moth, meaning it's no longer illegal to move wood across county lines.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - You need to really get outside into nature to truly appreciate it.  That's what Oneida County hopes you experience walking through its new pollinator garden behind the courthouse, which is close to completion.

Workers from Hanson's Garden Village laid out the key part to getting you into that garden along Baird Avenue on Tuesday.  The gravel walkway allows water to drain into the soil, preventing runoff into the street.

A $1,500 Wisconsin Public Service Foundation grant paid for almost all of the walkway, which will lead through the garden to a picnic table.  The walkway will be ADA-accessible, which will allow people with wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers to navigate the garden.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here