Rhinelander city council

Local concerns about road, traffic
1:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Driscoll Rd. Development Approved By City Council

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Six, 12 unit apartments at the end of Driscoll Road were approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday evening, but some near by residents don't like it.

Premier Driscoll Road LLC asked the city for needed permits to build the apartment complex. Local residents objected to the possibility of many more cars heading up and down the narrow street next to a cemetery.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says the council and the developer worked out a development agreement. He says they listened to the concerns of residents along the road...

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Grace period first
6:38 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Rhinelander Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Banned in Rhinelander
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Rhinelander has joined some central Wisconsin communities as banning cell phone use while driving.

A split city council last night voted to allow police to stop drivers from using cell phones while motoring.

Council member George Kirby asked for the ordinance. Personal injury attorney Peter Young told the council in the cases he's seen, cell use contributed to distracted driving and favored the ordinance...

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Intersection of Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers
6:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves New Boat Landing

Wisconsin River
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A contractor to build a new Rhinelander boat launch has been approved. The city council this week accepted the bid of Janke General Contractors to develop the Boyce Drive landing at the site of the former DNR ranger station. The landing will be at the intersection of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.

Committee chair Sherri Belliveau says it won't cost as much as first thought...

 

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Central Wisconsin cities already have ban
7:46 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rhinelander Discusses Cell Phone Ban While Driving

Rhinelander could be next
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Rhinelander could be the next community banning the use of cell phones while driving.

A committee Tuesday agreed to look into the ban over the next 30 days.

Alderman GeorgeKirby brought the request forward, saying he's concerned about safety...

 

"....we've(all) seen somebody not driving properly, not paying attention while driving...on the way here I kept track and there (were) 12 people on cellphones between my house and city hall...."

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Parkinson to retire in December
1:49 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miljevich Named As Rhinelander City Attorney

After 33 years, Rhinelander will have a new city attorney beginning next month.

The city council Monday night hired Carrie Miljevich of Rhinelander to succeed Phil Parkinson. Parkinson began as city attorney in 1980 and is retiring next month.

Mayor Dick Johns says Miljevich is qualified for the position..

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New one at Highways 8 & 47
3:22 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Digital Boards For Rhinelander?

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Rhinelander  will soon have its second digital billboard but some on the city council think it could set a precedent.

The Laska brothers would like to open an auction house at the corner of Highways 8 and 47 on Rhinelander's west side at the site currently being used as a recycling center.

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Bill would override local restrictions
1:56 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

City Deer Hunts Possible Statewide

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After several successful years, Rhinelander's city council decided not to hold an in-city bow hunt for deer this year. But if a bill circulating in Madison becomes law, the city might have to open a hunt again.

City council member Alex Young says Assembly Bill 8 allows for bow and arrow and crossbow hunting within city limits statewide. Young says Rhinelander has set forward restrictions during its hunts that aren't in the state bill. He says the bill preempts local restrictions..

 

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Doesn't get paid for council meetings
1:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Glitch In Rules Discovered For Rhinelander Mayor's Pay

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What Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier calls a "glitch" has been discovered concerning how Rhinelander pays its mayor.


The part-time mayor gets paid $1,000 a month, plus travel expenses when he or she is representing the city, plus per diem for committee meetings attended, same as council members. While the mayor doesn't vote during committee meetings, he or she gathers in the information. The mayor is often the point person with the public.


But Pelletier says one very important meeting has been left off....


 

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Mistake leads to arbitration hearing
7:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Health Costs Put Hurdle In Way Of Rhinelander Dist. Library

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The Rhinelander city council has voted to send the Rhinelander District library's budget to the town partners for arbitration.


Library Director Ed Hughes told the council while preparing the budget, they noticed they should have been paying more for health insurance...


 



"...we were caught last year by surprise. We weren't covering some people that needed to be covered by insurance. It was an honest mistake, but it's costing us $40,000 to $42,000 a year..."

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