Vilas County Board of Supervisors

Earlier this year, the state of Wisconsin told Vilas county it had enough cases that a second judgeship could be added. Two months ago, Circuit Court Judge Neal Nielsen told the board it was getting more difficult to keep up with the caseload he has to hear. Tuesday, after lengthy debate, the county board said they would go along with the idea of another position if the state would let them have a little time.

Tonight the Vilas County Board will debate how to approach a move to open county roads and land to All-Terrain Vehicles.

Last month before a packed house at the Arbor Vitae town hall, the board altered a nearly ten-year old land use plan banning ATV's on county roads and property to allow for them in land use planning.

But a resolution before the board tonight(8/26) will ask for another advisory referendum to be held November 4 with the straightforward question "Shall ATVs/UTVs be permitted to operate on Vilas County-owned lands and roadways?"

In 2004, Vilas county voters said they did not want the county to allow ATV trails on county lands and forests. Two years ago, the town of Phelps approved an ordinance allowing the ATV's on town roads, but needed approval by Vilas county to use county road "A", a key route. The county board rejected Phelps' request then.  Recently the town board approved a similar request as the one two years ago and again forwarded it to Vilas county.

One of two Vilas county committees has approved the town's request and sent it onto the other.

Vilas county government

Ron De Bruyne, a 20 year veteran of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors, was elected Tuesday morning to lead the board as chair for the next 12 months. Mark Rogacki was elected first vice chair.