Bo-di-Lac Drive Project On Drawing Board

Jan 8, 2020

The Island City
Credit Town of

MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Town Board is eying reconstruction of 3.6 miles of Bo-Di-Lac Drive next summer.

The project will cost about $800,000 and includes the portion lying between the Bo-di-Lac Fire Station and Squirrel Lake Road. “It’s a big project for the town,” said public works director Mark Pertile, who requested, and got board permission Tuesday to complete engineering work before letting the project out for bids.

The town will request an “alternate” bid for a box-shaped culvert that would allow easier access for boats through a channel that connects Diamond Lake and Squirrel Lake. But that could push the cost up $40,000 or more over a regular shaped culvert. The town has received a $250,000 state grant to offset some of the cost. If final board approval is given, the project will require the town to borrow money to finance the remainder.

In other actions, the board:

• Set in motion with a first reading of a proposed ordinance change that would require only one fire inspection of businesses and other public buildings per calendar year. The state requires two fire inspections annually, but does allow local municipalities to reduce the frequency. The board’s intent is to reduce the workload of the local volunteer fire department, which has lost a number of members this past year.

• Directed the town chairman to report back to Oneida County that it opposes any lessening of short-term rentals of “tourist rooming houses.” The county currently does not allow such rentals for six consecutive days or less in the following districts: #1B and #1C Forestry, $02 Single Family, #08 Manufacturing/Industrial, and #15 Rural Residential. Northern Lakes Vacation Homes, of Three Lakes, wants the county to change its ordinance to allow it “to advertise for less than 7 day rentals on our marketing venues.” The county sent out surveys to local municipalities asking for their input on the matter.

• Approved a list of 2020-21 election inspectors. • Set March 3 for a public hearing on a request to discontinue a town road in the Plat of E Wau Na. The 33-foot wide platted road is located in a residential area on the east side of the Island, off East Chicago Avenue. The road was never built and the title is in question. If the small parcel were discontinued, the property would go to adjacent landowners at no cost, other than paying for the hearing notice and document recording.

• Agreed to recommend to the county its approval of a request by Jerry Ryden for a conditional use permit for outdoor display and storage of marine products, such as boats and docks on property along Highway 51 south of the Island.

• Approved the name “Kayak Lane” for a private road as requested by the Oneida County Land Information office.

• Went into closed session to discuss a vacant road crew position.