Eight new faces joined long-time members of the Oneida County Board for the reorganizational meeting Tuesday.
The newly-seated board unanimously elected David Hintz of Three Lakes as new chair. Hintz has served as the board's vice-chair.....
"...thank you for the honor of being elected(chair) to serve the county board and work with you. I've worked with many of you over the years, talked to some(of you) on the phone and met some of you for the first time this morning and I think we have a good group..."
Two write-ins were elected to the Oneida county board Tuesday after no one filed during the standard time for the spots that were vacated by retiring supervisors.
Greg Berard in District 2, city of Rhinelander and Jack Martinson from the town of Lynne and Minocqua did not run again. In District 2, Rhinelander alderman Tom Kelly declared as an official write in and won the county supervisory seat with 17 votes. Lisa Zunker from the town of Lynne won the seat with 40 write-in votes, defeating another write-in candidate Jay Christgau from Minocqua.
As a parting move, Oneida County Board Supervisor Jerry Shidell offered two resolutions to hire a County Administrator and cut the size of the county board from 21 members to 9.When the board sent both resolutions back to committee to study, Libertarian Shidell felt the move summarized why he was not running for re-election next month...
After several years of sitting idle and just a few offers, the Oneida county board accepted a bid Tuesday authorizing the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse. The original asking price was more than $500,000 in 2008. The county sold the building to Midwest Lease, LLC for $185,000. The vote was 15-3 to sell the building. County Land Information Director Mike Romportl said Midwest Lease owner Leo Krivikas could not attend the meeting, but told Romportl the reason for the lower asking price was the building needs work...
By a vote of 18-0, the Oneida County Board changed the way they compensate employees.
Following the enactment of ACT 10, governments have been formulating new pay approaches after collective bargaining for most public unions was eliminated. Oneida County contracted with consultant Charles Carlson, who suggested pay scales built on market value and performance, rather than a time served basis. The adopted system enacts a new step system for non-supervisory jobs and performance based pay for supervisors. It does put caps on some pay levels.
In 2006, Oneida county invested more than a half-million dollars in what promoters said would be a sustainable business park on Rhinelander's west side. Tuesday the Oneida County Board of Supervisors officially killed it.
The county purchased 272 acres in the hopes of attracting modern manufacturers and young entrepreneurs. A feasibility study discovered problems getting enough tax revenue back and also access problems to the site. Area trout fishers also worried about a well-regarded trout stream on the property.
Three proposals to purchase the former WPS building near the Oneida county courthouse by a Rhinelander businessman were rejected by the county board Tuesday, but it might not be the end of bargaining. That rejection also had a bearing on the location of two county departments.
Mike Boyd's offers included Oneida county paying to use some of the office space he would construct. One of the options was to locate the county UW- Extension and possibly Land and Water Conservation departments in the new building.
The Oneida County Board heard the first run through of a potential comprehensive change how the county pays most of its employees.
Consultant Charles Carlson outlined a plan using private market factors...among other considerations... in determining a median wage scale. It also sets up pay based on performance for department heads rather than just time served, and finding a way to bring Oneida county closer to state average on benefit costs, most notably health insurance.
Business incubators have been started in at least two Northwoods counties and Oneida county might also be looking into it.
An incubator works by putting several mostly new small businesses in one building, sharing relatively low rent and utilities with the idea toward growth and eventually leaving the nest.
During this week's Board of Supervisor's meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Director Roger Luce said critics say the incubator's compete with private sector rentals. He disputes that...