City of Rhinelander

April 15, 2015 advisory referendum
7:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Rhinelander Voters To Advise On Premier Resort Tax

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Next April, Rhinelander voters will see an advisory referendum  whether the city should petition the legislature to become the next community with a Premier Resort Area Tax.

The question asks whether the city should levy one-half cent on a dollar sales tax on tourist-related  items.

The money raised could only be used to upgrade infrastructure, namely city streets. The city could like to fix Lincoln Street from Oneida to Eisenhower Parkway, Stevens Street, Boyce Drive and Oneida Avenue, totaling some $2 million dollars.

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Donation made to city
7:35 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Rhinelander Skateboard Park Getting Revived

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A donation will enable the unused skate park behind the Rhinelander police and fire building to once again open.

Many years ago, a skateboard park was built just off the downtown. The park at Phillip and Alban streets has sat idle for a time. At last night's city council meeting, council member Sherri Belliveau said  a citizen came forward with a donation...

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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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Clean up site
3:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

County, Rhinelander Agree On Lindey Property Sale

A future parking lot
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The Oneida county board has signed off on a plan to help the city of Rhinelander dispose of the hazardous Lindey Cleaners property downtown.

The former owners owe about $70,000 in back taxes, but the county was hesitant to foreclose because of the chemicals in the former dry cleaners. The city and county have reached agreement for the county to convey the property to the city, with the city paying 2014 fees.

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Earth Day money totals $3.7 million
11:39 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rhinelander One Of 49 Communities Given Designation

Mayor Dick Johns(L) receiving Earth Day designation from state USDA Director Stan Gruszynski(R) in the city council chambers.
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Rhinelander was selected as one of 49 communities across the U.S. as a national Earth Day recepient by the Department of Agriculture. As part of the designation, the city received a total of $3.7 million in grant and lower-interest loans to upgrade sewer and storm water systems.

USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski presented Mayor Dick Johns with an award recognizing the city's initiative toward improving water quality...

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Debate whether to proceed
8:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves Downtown Grant Application

Applying for a $1.6 million dollar federal grant was approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday night. But it left questions in the minds of some council members.

If approved by the feds, the grant would be the initial money to redo the underground infrastructure along Brown Street and downtown. The grant would be for 2016 and 2017, a year later than earlier sought.

While the matter had been in two committees, council members Alex Young and Steve Sauer both objected to the speed which the large project...potentially $9 million dollars...was going through council...

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Legal issues to be addressed
8:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Decision Postponed On Controversial CBRF

No decision on a controversial Community Based Residential Facility on West Phillip Street in Rhinelander.

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Freeze ups still possible
5:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Keep Water Running: Rhinelander Administrator

Keep it running!
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Temperatures have gotten warmer above the ground, but temperatures below ground is the concern as Rhinelander and Tomahawk residents are being asked to continue running their water to avoid freeze ups.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says, for now, to continue running the pencil-sized stream of water...

".....the plan of the city is to keep it running. We're still thawing and wierd things happen when it thaws, so as a precautionary measure and to avoid further freezeups, we're still advising residents to continue running their water...."

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Alleges Open Meeting Violation
11:09 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Rhinelander Alderperson Files Complaint Against Committee

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.

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Downtown Revitalization
5:02 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rhinelander Hopeful For USDA Grant For Downtown

Downtown Rhinelander facing east
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Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. and the city are in the planning stages for a projected $8 million makeover of the streets and infrastructure downtown within two years. The first bit of funding for the effort might be coming in.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn said they've heard from the Department of Agriculture...

 

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