The Oneida County Board met in special session today, and after several hours of presentation, public comment and closed-session deliberation the board voted against selling the current Highway Department property to Kwik Trip.
Kwik Trip’s offer of $2.3 million was voted down 10 to 9, with two county supervisors absent. Several motions were brought forward, but in the end the vote was to reject the proposal outright.
Several members of the public spoke to the board preceding closed session with concerns on the tax burden of building a new facility, even with the profits of the Kwik Trip offer. The estimated price tag of a new Highway Department facility was over $10 million.
The Rhinelander City Council has already approved plans for a second Kwik Trip to be built on North Stevens Street, where the Concrete Products building currently stands.
See more information in the Star Journal this weekend.