Just before the county board election seven weeks ago, postcard sized political ads appeared in the mailboxes of four specific Oneida county board districts. The professionally produced cards had a similar message, questioning the county board supervisors positions on the sale of the former WPS building and also about the removal of dams in the county's comprehensive plan.
Three Oneida county board races were close after the April 1 vote, but after an official canvas, all three races stayed the same.
County Clerk Mary Bartelt gave us the results...
"....supervisory district 7, that stayed the same. Bob Mott with 186, and Dennis Schoeneck with 180. District 16, that stayed the same also. Michael Timmons with 111 and Michael Pockat with 107. Supervisor district 18, that was Lance Krolczyk and Candy Sorenson, it's 127 for Lance, and 122 for Candy Sorenson..."
Too many questions remain, so the Oneida county board has moved to have a committee study more options for the former WPS building on Davenport Street. At issue is just what should be done with space needs for the UW-Extension, and Land and Water Conservation Departments now housed at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
After more than two hours debate, the Oneida county board failed to pass a resolution rejecting stronger DNR rules concerning non-porous or impervious surfaces. Those surfaces are roofs and sidewalks. Runoff water from those surfaces near lakes and rivers concern scientists about water pollution. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far telling owners what they can do with their land.
The vote tied at 10 with one supervisor absent, meaning the resolution died, not getting a majority.
The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.
Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.