MANITOWISH WATERS - A Manitowish Waters woman wants to change the look of the areaís downtown.
Some local residents arenít thrilled with her plans.
The town used a forum to talk things out.
Newswatch 12 was there and talked with the townís supervisor.
"Itís creating a lot of tension in the community. I think we have to find a way to fix it and to ease their feelings." said Manitowish Waters Town Board Supervisor, Eric Behnke.
Construction can cause tension.
You can find that feeling in Manitowish Waters.
One person in the community want to upgrade a local park.
But a good portion of the funding would come from a private donor.
"Itís creating a lot of hardships, people are not happy about it and as a town we need to find a way to make this situation better." Behnke said.
Liz Uihlein owns businesses in the area.
She wants to change the look of the community and she could.
But the town hasnít approved her proposal.
Thatís why the chamber sponsored a town forum so people could talk and ask questions about the donations.
"Is there a process that you use to evaluate them? At what point do we say, you know, 'Too much of our budgets is these donations and itís not what we have funded'?" said town resident, Scott Bertz.
"As well as how much of this is the townís plan and how much of this is someone elseís plan?"
But many of those questions donít have answers.
Thatís because donations donít need a vote by the townís people.
"Unfortunately with our policy, if itís a donation, some of the town board members can use that money without townsmen approval," Behnke said.
"I think thatís what we need to focus on."
But the possibility of voting on donation spending is still up for question.
"The one thing we can do is be open and honest with people. We have to communicate with people about whatís going on," said Behnke.
"If they donít have an opportunity to vote on these projects, then they really donít know about them. So I think itís our job to communicate with the people about whatís happening and educate them on where the moneyís coming from and what itís being used for."
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center today.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
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