Two Republican legislators want to see major changes within the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
The organization was founded in the mid 1800s to sell millions of acres of school trust fund lands. It now maintains a loan fund for municipal projects, with the interest going to pay for school libraries. BCPL also owns and manages about a small amount of land, about 80-thousand acres for timber.
The bidding process is open for contractors who want to build the first section of the Conover-Phelps bike trail.
Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Currie says the more than three miles of trail should be built by this fall.
“They would have to do whatever clearing has to happen to get the trail ready; they would have to prepare the sub-base, although most of the trail is on railroad grade, so a lot of that sub-base is probably going to be okay.”
Members of the Menominee tribe plan to march to the state capitol from their reservation starting Friday to demand Governor Scott Walker meet with Menominee tribal chairman Gary Besaw.
The tribe wants the governor to reconsider its proposal for a casino in Kenosha.
Governor Scott Walker said last month he wouldn’t approve it, because it might cost the state too much money. A 2005 gaming compact promises to reimburse the Potawatomi tribe for losses that result from nearby gaming competition.
The Oneida County Land and Records Committee will take more time to consider bid proposals for the Heal Creek property near Rhinelander. The committee wants to give competing parties more time, in case of a compromise.
About 50 people crowded a committee meeting room at the Oneida County Courthouse Tuesday, to weigh in on what to do with the 270-acre Heal Creek property.
The county is selling the land after plans to turn it into a business park stalled.