City of Rhinelander

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
Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

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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Part of comprehensive plan
4:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Rhinelander To Survey Residents On Outdoor Rec Desires

Rhinelander city hall
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  As part of a re-worked Rhinelander comprehensive plan, city officials soon will be asking citizens what they want to see for outdoor recreation. North Central Wisconsin Regional Commission planner Fred Heider says he asked the city for their recreational plans so they also could be put into the Oneida county recreational plan. He says city officials had a number of ideas...  

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City to redo Brown Street
5:28 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Facade Update In Downtown Rhinelander's 2016 Plan

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  Last week, the Rhinelander city council approved a $20,000 commitment to bolster an effort to help businesses downtown redo their facades. The money is contingent on another $60,000 state grant being available. The city is also planning a major utility upgrade down Brown Street in 2016. The street would also have a new look after construction. Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated Director Maggie Steffen says that group is working toward an eventual $250,000 program so downtown businesses can redo the front of their buildings if they choose...  

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Lindey Cleaners
1:39 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Clean Up Site Moving Toward Parking Lot

A future parking lot
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  The city of Rhinelander would like to clean up the  former Lindey Cleaners in downtown Rhinelander and should they get ownership, they would like to remove the building. The city council voted Monday to authorize working toward a grant to build a parking lot on the site. The city could eventually get ownership of the property for back taxes through foreclosure.  The federal Environmental Protection Agency would like to remove solvents and underground tanks underneath the Stevens Street property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn gave an update...  

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Rhinelander has many freezeups
4:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

More Freezeups Leads To More Water Running

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As of Wednesday morning, the city of Rhinelander was running about 30 jobs behind as water pipes continue to freeze in the city.

The extended cold snap has caused many problems along some of the city water mains. Last week the city asked property owners to let their water trickle. But that amount proved to be not enough says Mayor Dick Johns...

 

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Fixing Frozen Pipes is Expensive
6:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Rhinelander to Run Water All Day and Night

It's cheaper for 3400 customers to run water constantly than to keep thawing frozen pipes.
Credit Scott Akerman

Rhinelander water users are being asked to run their water 24/7 to prevent frozen pipes. 

Tim Kingman, Rhinelander Director of Public Works, says the city has been thawing out dozens of households every day. 

“At a certain point in time, we have to make some hard decisions here to let this water be run on a system wide basis.  The reason we do so is it’s the best economy we can get.”

Thawing out frozen pipes for hundreds of people is very expensive.    Running water constantly is also expensive, but still cheaper than the alternative. 

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