RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
You also cannot park on any city street or in any city lot between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
"Especially when we're removing downtown snow, because of the traffic problem with snowbanks, that they try to clear those out, so we really won't let vehicles park there," Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier said.
There are some exempt places, like streets directly around the courthouse. Those streets are Baird Avenue from Court Park to Dahl Street, Court Park from Oneida Ave. to Baird Ave., Oneida Ave. from Court Park to Dahl Street, and Dahl Street from Oneida to Baird.
Also exempt is a 100-foot stretch of Keenan Street north of Kemp Street, due to businesses there.
Cars parked illegally in residential neighborhoods will get a $5 citation. If you're parked illegally on downtown streets, the police department will ticket and tow your car, which would include a fee for the towing job.
People who need to park overnight on city streets can call the police department to ask for an exemption. That number is 715-365-5300. You cannot ask for an exemption on nights when snow is in the forecast.
RHINELANDER - It's easy to slip on ice, skid on roads, or get stuck in the snow.
One thing that also happens is joint pain from common winter activities.
Shoveling heavy snow is one of the biggest problems Rhinelander Chiropractor Dr. Tony Lowenberg sees causing this pain.
He said shoveling is a physical activity that can cause excessive stress on the body; especially for people who don't lift heavy often.
"Lifting and the twisting creates wear and tear on their body. Then [people] feel it as pain and then their muscles get tight because they are not used to lifting stuff," said Dr. Lowenberg. "It's more people that are not used a physical job, shoveling can be [troublesome]."
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander student made it onto her school bus and to class unhurt last Tuesday, but she almost didn't. A recent close call left Bowen Bus Service employees wondering if Rhinelander will be the next to see a student killed while simply trying to get to and from school.
On Hwy 8 last week a student was nearly hit by a truck at her bus stop, leaving the bus driver in disbelief. In a surveillance video from the bus, you can hear the bus driver say "That car like just missed you. That truck just missed her."
TOMAHAWK - After a bitterly cold November, road crews in Tomahawk enjoyed a warm up on Monday. But temperatures shifting above and below freezing this week will create perfect conditions for a lot more work. John Cole is the Director of Public Works for the City of Tomahawk. He says that pothole issues are something that his crew fights all season long.
"It's job security, it's not a good job security, but it is job security for sure because you always have potholes to fill," said Cole. "When you get that expansion and contraction, we get water in those cracks, and when you get the traffic and people driving on them."
In Tomahawk, Cole sends crews out every week to look for potholes and fill them. He also sends out crews whenever they get a call about a bad pothole.
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