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2/18/2014 4:03:00 PM
County makes counter-offer on former WPS building
New employee pay plan also OKed

The Oneida County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday made a $225,000 counter-offer on the former Wisconsin Public Service Building in downtown Rhinelander.

The board voted to make the counter-offer to Midwest Lease LLC at the end of a nearly three-hour regular monthly board meeting.

Tuesday was the first time county officials publicly disclosed the identity of the prospective buyer of the building and its potential sale price.

Oneida County purchased the former WPS building in 2008 for $525,000; the latest asking price is $365,000.

Supervisors have been hotly debating the future of the building for months.

Also on Tuesday, the county board:

  • Enacted a new pay plan for most county workers. The plan will unify a number of different wage schedules for different employees in the county. The changes do not apply to deputies and detectives in the sheriff's office, whose ability to collectively bargain was not impacted by Act 10; their pay remains subject to a collective bargaining agreement. The pay changes also do not impact elected officials. The new plan will go into effect in March.
  • Appointed Mary Rideout director of the county’s Department of Social Services. Rideout has been serving as interim director since early January after the department’s former director, Paul Spencer, took medical leave and subsequently retired. Spencer had been the director for nearly 40 years.
  • Approved spending about $73,000 to purchase equipment for upgrades at the county’s emergency 911 center. The equipment would combine 911 emergency call lines, non-emergency lines and radio into headsets for dispatchers. The equipment is part of a countywide phone upgrade.

The Lakeland Times will have more on Tuesday’s county board meeting in the Friday, Feb. 21, print edition, as well as online.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: allan lehne

Buy it for $500,000 and sell it for half price, its no wonder our taxes are so high with these people running Oneida County.

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