Wisconsin Public Service officials say by 2019 they will need more power for this region. The utility serving much of the Northwoods says they have two options: buy power or generate more power. And if they decide to generate more power they've narrowed down to possible sites.
A resolution that would allow flat roofs on boathouses in Oneida county was postponed at Tuesday's county board meeting.
Planning and Development chair Scott Holowinski asked for the postponement after department Director Karl Jenrich heard from the DNR....
"....we submitted it to DNR to comment on the rule and Karl, this morning, got an email(from the DNR) with some changes that the committee should talk about before we debate this. So what I'd like to do is table this...."
Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.
The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation. Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access.
State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.
The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.
He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...