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Eagle River City Council approves Shotskis event easement

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A Northwoods bar is looking to set a world record for the longest shotski. It recently got Eagle River City Council approval to move forward with the plan.

Easements needed in an attempt to set a new shotskis record next August 20 were approved by the Eagle River city council after modifications were made to allow access for Yeti’s drive in.

Rick and Jaime Riemer told the council they do have off-premise insurance and have changed the actual starting location so as not to impact Yeti’s and Trig's.

“We reached out again to Yeti’s and still did not get a response,” Rick Riemer said. “so we backed up the east end to White Pine Drive so we’ll be ok with Yeti’s distance.”

Alderman Jerry Burkett asked if they anticipated this to be a yearly event with the answer being “yes” with Burkett indicating a different location may be needed

“I’m not against this taking place but there are many businesses impacted,” said Burkett.

Mayor Jeff Hyslop added, “after one year we can evaluate it to see if there may be a more suitable location.”

The event from noon to 5:00 pm will feature 1,400 persons drinking a shot sitting on skis linked together all at the same time.

The Riemer’s told the council, “we want to show the town we can do this.”

Community Development Investment grant application

The council approved submitting a Wisconsin Community Development Investment grant for Riverstone Brewing Company at 219 N. Railroad Street to develop and remodel the existing building into a micro-brewery and restaurant.

According to documents the project improvements and brewery are estimated to cost from $400,000 to $500,000 and create four full time jobs and up to ten part time jobs. The application identifies the Eagle River Revitalization Program to sign all necessary documents on behalf of the city.

The project is proposed by Steve and Laurie Stotzkee, SNL Properties and Daniel Ullsperger,

Update on River Trail Hwy 70 West

Connecting Eagle River along Highway 70 west could be accomplished if the city could become the easement holder over certain routes in the town of Lincoln to the proposed bridge location across the Wisconsin River at Honey Bear.

Spokesperson Carlton Schroeder said easements are needed on about 20 properties and “of the 20 we have five on the fence and five we’ve had no response.”

City administrator Robin Ginner indicated they would be looking if the city could hold easement in the town of Lincoln.

One question that needed an answer if the city held the easement is the city liable for maintaining it?

Mayor Hyslop stated, “we won’t be responsible for any maintenance.”

Eagle River will try to obtain a letter from the town of Lincoln allowing the city to be the easement holder.

Other actions

In other actions the city council appointed Debra Brown and Bill Doerr to the planning commission for three year terns.

Borrowing $111,500 for a small wheel loader for public works and borrowing $47,300 for a John Deer 2700 E-cut triplex mower for the golf course.

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