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Vilas Co. Seeking Money To Rebuild County "B"

Reconstruction of 25 miles of Vilas County highway "B" between Land O' Lakes and Presque Isle, could be eligible for an 80 percent federal highway grant according to Vilas County highway commissioner Nick Scholtes in a report to the Vilas county highway committee.

The work is estimated to cost $5 million.

Vilas county had been looking at bonding for the project and doing the highway all at once rather than a couple of miles a year. Sholtes indicated the grant application is due by mid June and he doesn't have time to put a request-for-proposals together, asking the committee to approve hiring an outside firm to draft it. The highway committee authorized spending up to $10,000 for drafting the request-for-proposals.

Scholtes indicated if the grant application is denied, the request-for-proposals could be the base document for requesting competitive bids, and also knowing what the level of bonding could be.

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