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Should New Richmond pursue an innovative low-income housing program when so many existing homes are already for sale in the community? That question is at the center of an ongoing debate among City officials, homeowners and local realtors. After an initial proposal to convert City land into a low- to moderate-income housing development was nixed last month, Housing Director Jessa Nelson has been studying another new idea. She's working with local developers on a plan to have existing home lots throughout the community donated into the program.
Developer David McNutt thought he'd worked out issues of concern among neighbors near his planned high-density housing project on Paperjack Drive. He found out last week that the apparent agreement was just the calm before the storm. McNutt, with MC2 Partners, LLC of Lakeville, Minn., met with representatives of the Paperjack Creek Twinhome Estates Homeowners Association after the New Richmond Plan Commission tabled his plans at its September meeting.
The numbers are in, and enrollment in New Richmond schools didn't quite reach the level of pre-referendum predictions. The "third Friday" enrollment count is the official number sent to the state of Wisconsin to help the state determine the District's aid level. At Thursday's School Board meeting, Superintendent Morrie Veilleux reported that enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade came in at 2,720.
The bids are in, and New Richmond's new elementary school that will soon be under construction is under budget. Early cost estimates predicted an overall cost for the project at $15.95 million.
Traffic was diverted for more than an hour along Highway 65 in Roberts after a passenger vehicle and truck collided at the intersection of Highway 65 and County Road TT. The truck, owned by St. Croix Insulation of Hudson, flipped over on its side. The accident scene was handled with care as firefighters were concerned about potentially hazardous materials inside the truck. Emergency crews from Roberts, Hammond, Baldwin and New Richmond responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries, but it didn't appear to be serious.
The Heritage Center is once again ready to celebrate our community's past. The 22nd annual Heritage Day festivities are scheduled for this weekend, Sept. 28-30, at the Heritage Center grounds, off South Knowles next to the AmericInn. The family-friendly weekend kicks off Friday with the popular spaghetti feed, which runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The Street Department in the City of New Richmond has addressed safety violations cited recently by the Department of Commerce. Following an inspection July 3, the city was told to correct numerous problems within its streets operations. Among the problems were damaged or worn tools, a malfunctioning Skil saw, a damaged welding screen, improperly stored chemicals, a defective water dispenser, poorly secured fire extinguishers and out-of-date first aid kits. The city was also ordered to provide safety training to all of its employees that operate in hazardous environments, and upgrade its tr
Star Prairie Township will soon become a popular destination for motorcycle and ATV racers from across the nation. The new Amsoil Sandbox Arena adjacent to Cedar Lake Speedway opened Monday, Oct. 1. "It's crunch time," said Donnie Vincent, co-owner of the motor sports arena, as workers scurried to put the finishing touches on the building. Tons of dirt have been moved inside the motocross facility, which is as big as Wal-Mart and touting 116,800 square feet of space.
A new family practice doctor has joined the New Richmond Clinic's family. Joe Dietzler began his new duties Sept. 4 following a brief search for a job, shortly after completion of medical school and his residency in Eau Claire. "I have a son (Zach) in Roberts, so I wanted to be close to him," Dietzler said of his decision to sign on with the New Richmond group. "This group seems to be a good group, and the clinic is attached to the hospital. Right away, my search was over.
The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Historic Home Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The first-ever event will feature about six homes in the community. The organizing committee is recuriting homeowners to showcase their historic homes. Call Anne Schmiege at 246-2211 if you wish to be included on the tour. Cost of touring the homes will be $12 in advance or $15 at the door.