City of Rhinelander

The City of Rhinelander hasn't done it in the past, but they will now, following a vote this week by the city council.

City Administrator Daniel Guild told the council he has been asked to find new funding sources and he says he found one the city has not used.

Guild says the untapped revenue source permitted under state law is the Cable Franchise Fee. He says this type of franchise is similar to how a commercial franchise works...

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RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU) -- Former Weston Village Administrator Daniel Guild made it official on Wednesday, signing his new contract to become the city administrator of Rhinelander.


More should be known after next Monday's city council meeting concerning the status of hiring a new Rhinelander city administrator.

The city has been working with a consulting firm to bring in a new administrator.

Mayor Chris Fredrickson said during the recording of his five-minute program this week that he hopes the council will move on the issue this coming Monday...


No decision was announced Monday after the Rhinelander city council met in closed session to discuss, in part, hiring a new City Administrator.

The city contracted with the public hiring firm GOVHR to find the next administrator.

Three names emerged as finalists, Daniel Guild, former Weston Village Administrator, Jeff Eder and Stephen Kil. Eder is the City Administrator in East Peoria, Illinois. Kil is the Town Manager of St. John, Indiana.

Frederickson says they're working to make sure the process stays intact...

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The first step toward a reconstruction of one of Rhinelander's main routes was approved this week during a special city council meeting.

Mayor Chris Frederickson was authorized by the council to apply for Rural Development monies to pay for the complete reconstruction of Stevens Street. If it goes as projected, the anticipated cost of the project is said to be near $18 million dollars.

The city finished a similar project in downtown Rhinelander last year.

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The Rhinelander City Council met in closed session for 90 minutes Monday evening to look at the finalists for City Administrator.

No decision was made in closed session as Mayor Chris Fredrickson reported...

 "...From closed session, no action has been taken in closed session. We're continuing to make progress. We hope to have a decision to announce at the next regular council meeting Aug. 13..."

ER Dog Park Committee Plans Airport Site Hike

Jul 30, 2018 Kaz

A special Eagle River committee searching for a location for a community dog park has narrowed the possible locations and will make an on-site visit next Wednesday afternoon to the far west end of the municipal airport property to examine ease of access, vegetation, and topography.

While the committee had an initial list of six possible locations, many were too small and used for other activities during the year that would conflict with year around use as a dog park.

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Nothing has changed within the committee structure of the Rhinelander city council and it might be delayed for awhile.


There won't be in interim Rhinelander city administrator.

After the resignation of Keith Kost last month, Mayor Chris Frederickson and the city council have been debating whether to hire another interim administrator.

The city is in the process-- through a recruiting firm-- of hiring a permanent administrator. But a new administrator is likely not to be on board until mid-to-late summer. Frederickson says the recruiting firm--GOV HR-- has a number of retired administrators who were willing to come to Rhinelander short term.

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Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson broke a tied vote from the city council and long-time Police and Fire Commission leader Todd McEldowney will remain on the commission.

After Frederickson nominated McEldowney for another term on the commission, some long-festering issues from the time of hiring the new police chief came into the open.

Rhinelander's interim City Administrator has turned in his resignation.

Keith Kost turned in his resignation Wednesday to Mayor Chris Frederickson. Frederickson says no reason was given on the letter as to why Kost would resign early.

A long-time Rhinelander private attorney, Kost offered to fill in as administrator, and after city council approval, began performing the duties in February, 2017. The position was left unfilled for five months after the termination of Kristina Aschenbrenner. 

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The search is on to find a replacement for Rhinelander's city administrator.

Monday evening, the council approved the hiring of a firm to do the search.

Interim administrator Keith Kost said there's two firms that generally do public administrator services in Wisconsin. One is a firm that the city has used in prior searches, Public Administrator Associates, LLC and GOV HR.

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The firm that gave the City of Rhinelander grim financial news about the municipally-owned Northwood Golf Club will now have the helm.

The Rhinelander City Council Monday night approved having Green Golf Partners of Indiana as the manager of the course on the city's far west side. The city put out bids after a change of leadership was approved at a recent meeting following the revelation that the golf course owes the city more than $1 million. Three bids were received.

City Administrator Keith Kost gave reasons for his recommendation...

Eagle River Council Names New Golf Professional

Dec 14, 2017
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A new golf professional, Patti Marquis, has been selected by the Eagle River city council  to manage and market their 18-hole municipal course, replacing Howard Manske  who retired.

Marquis comes from the Pacific Northwest where she has been the head professional for four different courses. In an interview, Marquis indicated she has been in the Eagle River area three or four times recently and fell in love with the area. Although she didn't play the Eagle River course, she indicated she has viewed it. Marquis was one of 14 persons who applied with three being interviewed.

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He's been active in Rhinelander city government for 53 years, but this term is his last.

Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns has announced he's not running for another term.

Johns first was elected to the Rhinelander city council in 1964, and served on the council until he was appointed as mayor in 2005 to fill the unexpired term of Kevin Jenkins. He later was elected to the post. Johns said it was time to retire....