Too many questions remain, so the Oneida county board has moved to have a committee study more options for the former WPS building on Davenport Street. At issue is just what should be done with space needs for the UW-Extension, and Land and Water Conservation Departments now housed at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
The county purchased the WPS building near the courthouse in 2008 for more than $500,000. The current asking price is around $365,000. The building was originally eyed as the new site for the Senior Center and Public Health departments. They later moved to a building in Trig's Riverwalk Center and the county has had little commercial interest in the former WPS building.
Building and Grounds Director LuAnn Brunette outlined a number of options, but said any consideration of the WPS building had the option of the county selling the building, ending that option for moving the departments...
"....and we also looked at the former WPS building, but because of the county board action to sell the building, at the time we didn't consider that as an option...."
The committee wanted the board to rescind the purchase option now, so they could consider putting the departments into the 9,000 square foot building.
The current lease at the airport is about $40,000 each year.
But supervisor Bob Mott felt he didn't think other options were looked at enough and the board agreed, moving the matter back to committee. It isn't known when the matter will return to the board.