The Rhinelander city council Monday night sent a message to the Wisconsin legislature about giving state towns more leverage.
Bills in the legislature would put a crimp on municipalities' ability to annex property. It's part of changing rules concerning county development plans. A plan currently must be adopted by a city or village. The new legislation would change that. But the bills also give more power to towns to fight off annexation by cities as outlined by council member Alex Young...
Architects will be drawing up a plan over the coming months for expanding the Rhinelander District Library.
The Board of Trustees has selected HBM Architects for the redesign. Board President Janet Baer says the board chose the Cleveland-based firm in part because of its experience redoing Carnegie libraries.
The Vilas County town of Cloverland’s planning commission held a public hearing Thursday night on a proposed ordinance to regulate where state officials house sexual predators. About two dozen people attended, with many expressing strong opinions on the issue.
The ordinance was prompted by the placement last year of 37-year-old Steven Burgess in a neighborhood on Chicaree Lane where families with young children live. Burgess, from Lac du Flambeau, served 17 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a child. And his neighbors want him moved.
The Three Lakes town board has unanimously approved a proposal to expand the local library. The board of trustees has been planning the renovation for more than three years.
The plan for renovating and expanding the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library includes a 4000 square foot addition. Board President Vicki Ruehling says the extra space is badly needed, and points to a 20 percent increase in the number of library visits last year.
Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.
The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools. School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district. Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.
The Rhinelander School District is looking for a new Community Education Coordinator. Kim Swisher announced her resignation today. She’s headed to a brand new communications position with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
“It was just too exciting to pass up. I have greatly enjoyed my work with the school district and have learned a great deal serving our students and our community. And this was just something too exciting and too much of an opportunity to walk away from.”
The Rhinelander District Library Foundation is undergoing a leadership change.
Former foundation president Linda Davidson has stepped down after 17 years. She says she’s seen the library through some big changes.
“When I came on board, we were in the middle of doing the fundraising for the computerization of the library. Everybody recognized that we really did need these computers in the library. And from there we added the new parking lot, the HVAC system, we did the lighting in the library.”