If everything moves ahead as anticipated, the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River will have a new owner in the near future.
The town of Lincoln, one of seven municipalities participating in the joint operation of the library, passed a motion last week to accept transfer of the library property from the City of Eagle River to the town.
There are some contingencies, but Lauri Stoegbauer, president of the library trustees, is confident they will be worked out and the transfer will become final.
At a meeting Wednesday, the trustees of the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River discussed the effort to transfer ownership of the library property to the town of Lincoln. The City of Eagle River has owned the property since the library was built in 1980. However, City officials want to transfer ownership of the property and end its service as fiscal agent by August 15th.
City of Eagle River officials this week held a special meeting and took the action required to apply for federal funds to make needed improvements to Division and Main streets in downtown Eagle River. The city wants to make repairs to the street, storm sewer and utilities between Railroad and Third streets, which includes the intersection with Main street.
The price tag on the first phase of the project is $1,l67,000. If the application is successful, nearly half the cost would be paid through a Community Development Block Grant. The grant would provide $500,000.
"...What I’ve been able to accomplish with the tribe really is a history thing for Vilas County…"
That's Vilas County District Attorney Al Moustakis, addressing Tuesday’s meeting of the Vilas county board of Supervisors about an agreement reached with the Lac du Flambeau tribe to pay for a full time secretary in the DA’s office…
" ...For the tribe to stand up and say we’re going to take ownership of what is happening in our county and try to reduce what’s happening is a really big thing."
Governor Scott Walker says the state’s business climate is improving. He made an appearance at a Vilas County Economic Development meeting Monday at Eagle Waters Resort.
Speaking to a crowd of business people and local officials, Walker said good things are happening in Wisconsin, and noted 13,000 new businesses have been created since he took office. Walker also talked about his Walleye Initiative, which resonated with Dick Mendham, owner of Sunset Resort near Phelps:
At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors went through a second round of voicing their ideas for how to balance the 2014 budget. Finance director Jason Hilger says the county is facing a deficit of roughly $1.2 million for the upcoming year. Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.