Rhinelander Alderperson Files Complaint Against Committee

Apr 4, 2014

A city of Rhinelander  alderperson has filed an open meetings complaint against the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing committee, otherwise known as the Room Tax committee.

Alex Young filed the complaint with the Oneida County District Attorney's office. In the complaint, Young says the committee is created by the council, and as such, falls under the Open Meetings law.

Young alleges the committee met April 2 without posting a timely notice it was going to meet. Unless an emergency, public meetings need to be posted at least 24 hours prior to meeting time.

Young says another alderperson, Mark Pelletier,  warned the committee that meeting would likely constitute a violation of the Open Meetings law. Young says the committee allegedly went ahead with the meeting.

Young's complaint says the District Attorney's office once before received a verified complaint about an alleged open meetings violation by the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee.

District Attorney Mike Schiek says he will refer the matter to Rhinelander Police for an investigation into the complaint. He says the routine time to hear back is about 20 days, but the investigation could be extended.