Blaine Oborn

Numbers put city in money crunch
5:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhinelander's Daytime Population Doubles

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Rhinelander's City Administrator would like the city council to consider a revenue generator used by other communities with lots of tourists: a premier resort tax.

It's a local retail sales tax where the municipality may only use the proceeds  to pay for infrastructure expenses within the municipality. Eagle River has a half of one percent premier resort  tax.

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Infrastructure upgrade
5:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Lower Property Insurance Rates Likely In Rhinelander

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Rhinelander residents should be seeing lower rates on property insurance thanks to upgrades in the city's infrastructure.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says an independent agency rates municipalities on things like fire protection.

Oborn says the scale is up to 9. Rhinelander had been rated at a 5, but the rating dropped to a 3. The lower the rating, the better....

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Higher assessment replenishes fund
6:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rhinelander Holds Line On City Budget

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A higher than expected city assessed value  has helped the Rhinelander city council  keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.

The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn...

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Asbestos found in building
4:58 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rhinelander Moving Forward On Former Lindey Property

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The former Lindey Cleaners in Rhinelander could eventually be leveled and more parking put in it's place.

That outcome started in motion this week when a Rhinelander city committee approved the money to hire consultants to look at what needs to be done to clean up the long-time dry cleaning company property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn says there could be more than one environmental problem at the site...

 

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Began in 2006
4:06 am
Sat September 7, 2013

No Rhinelander Deer Hunt This Fall

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No deer hunt in the city of Rhinelander this year. Last week a city committee recommended that the hunt not take place this year.


The deer find Rhinelander to be hospitable with plenty of cover, gardens and flowers to eat, and few predators. They also proved to be a traffic hazard with several car-deer accidents reported. The city council approved the first antlerless, in-city, bow-and-arrow hunt in 2006, and it has been held most years since then.

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Revitalizing Downtown
4:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Rhinelander Looking Into Downtown Improvements

A committee of city leaders in Rhinelander has selected a company to outline an economic development initiative for downtown.  The plan from Vierbicher Associates will also look into giving Brown Street a bit of a facelift, by conducting a streetscape study.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says doing a streetscape…is kind of like landscaping, for a downtown sidewalk. 

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