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Oneida Co. Board effectively ends interest into buying Petco propertySubmitted: 04/17/2019
Oneida Co. Board effectively ends interest into buying Petco property
Story By Lane Kimble

RHINELANDER - Someone may eventually buy the old Doctors Foster and Smith property in Rhinelander, but it appears it will not be Oneida County.

Tuesday, the county board voted 17 to 2 to dissolve its Petco Study Committee, according to our partners at WXPR.

Supervisor Bob Mott formed the committee in March to look into the possibility of Oneida County buying the Petco-owned land and moving the highway department there, among other county offices.  Mott also wanted the committee to look into leasing some of the other property and building space for commercial tenants.


The board learned simply inspecting the property would cost at least $15,000, an option supervisors also rejected Tuesday.

Some board members felt the 170,000 square foot warehouse was simply too big for the county.  Supervisors and county department leaders like highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek toured the property last week.

"We owe it to Oneida Co. and to the taxpayers and also to the highway department to get those facts before we make a decision," Supervisor Robb Jensen told Newswatch 12 on April 10.

Nearly 300 people already are or will soon be out of a job when Petco finishes closing the property this spring.


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