The Minocqua Plan Commission has given its blessing to a new shelter design plan for Torpy Park.
The Minocqua Lions Club’s original plan drew public outcry when it proposed to remove 13 trees to make way for a large structure. Many argued that the old white pines are essential to the aesthetics of the downtown park.
Minocqua Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the revised plan calls for a building about half the size of the original design.
A special town hall meeting is taking place Tuesday evening in Minocqua, regarding the fate of a group of trees in Torpy Park.
The Minocqua Lions Club wants to build a new shelter in Torpy Park, and in the process remove about a dozen white pines estimated to be over a hundred years old.
Many locals are up in arms about the plan, and have been contacting town officials and spreading the word through social media. They say they like the atmosphere the trees provide, and say the trees are a vestige of old growth forest in the Northwoods.
A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff. Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin. But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.
DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.
“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”
With little fanfare, the town board in Minocqua passed it's 2014 budget Thursday evening.
WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim about the budget which will remain frozen for another year. Oneida county helped November 12 by restoring funding for the Minocqua police dispatch.
The levy was set at $3.6 million dollars and the mill rate at $2.48 per thousand.
The police chief in Minocqua has resigned, after the town reached a settlement with his former administrative assistant. The town board accepted Andy Gee's resignation last night after six years as chief. The town reached a 100-thousand dollar settlement with his former aide Julie Mager. Media reports said Mager accused the chief of shouting so loudly at her, it could be heard throughout the police station. She claimed Gee discriminated against her, and intimidated her. Lieutenant Dave Jaeger will temporarily head up the Minocqua police department until permanent chief can be hired.
The DOT has set a public hearing date for later this month to take comment on the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 51 in Hazelhurst and Cassian.
Minocqua's portion of the road work is being done this year. Hazelhurst to the south of Minocqua and Woodruff to the north have both challenged the DOT concerning plans in those towns, as has Arbor Vitae in Vilas county.
DOT Project Leader Forrest Van Asten says the meeting will give the state input...
Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving. It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.
Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.
“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement. You know, you keep a closer eye. And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”