After months of debate, the Oneida County Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to sell the former Wisconsin Public Service building in downtown Rhinelander at a $340,000 loss.
The board’s vote formally authorizes the sale of the county-owned property at 111 E. Davenport St. for $185,000.
The buyer, Midwest Lease, LLC, rejected the county’s counteroffer of $225,000 earlier this year.
Oneida County purchased the building in 2008 for $525,000.
The sale is expected to close within 30 days.
Also on Tuesday, the board voted to research two resolutions that would fundamentally reshape county government. Supervisor Jerry Shidell authored the resolutions, one that calls for hiring a county administrator and the other that would reduce the size of the county board from 21 to nine supervisors.
Board members discussed the merits of the proposals at length, many agreeing in concept to one or both ideas but concerned about making a hasty decision.
Voting 15 to 3, the board directed the county’s administration committee to study the proposals, seek public input and come back to the full county board with a recommendation by the August meeting.
The Lakeland Times will have more in Friday’s edition.