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6/17/2017 7:24:00 AM
Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area working to have signage on Hwy. 47

Evan Verploegh
Lakeland Times Features Writer

A respectable-sized crowd gathered at the town hall June 8 for a meeting of the Newbold town board, however many dispersed as a series of agenda items were tabled, primarily due to the absence of town clerk Kim Gauthier.

The most lively point of conversation in Newbold is the introduction of requested ATV trails. After citizens formed an ATV group (not an official club as initially reported) to help organize the facilitation of trails, requests have come in to establish routes on Valley Court and Surf Drive, along with Lake Mildred Road and Pine Grove Road.

Discussion and possible action on those citizen requests were tabled, along with an agenda point to adopt Rosalie Lane as a town road.

One agenda item which did have ensuing discussion was introducing additional signage for the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area. Pete and Jackie Cody, founders of the NORA, said they have ordered signs to be placed at the entrance on Ole Lake Road.

"We have a considerable concern that there is no signage where the Newbold Outdoor Rec. Area is on Hwy. 47," Pete Cody said.

Town chairman Dave Kroll said if it was the intent of the NORA to put a sign on Hwy. 47, they would need to inquire with Newbold Public Works director Mark Fetzer, as well as Oneida County and "jump through all the necessary hoops."

"We understand that, and Mr. (Ed) Hammer has been helping us with that process," Cody said.

Hammer said a Department of Transportation permit would need to be acquired before signage could be introduced on Hwy. 47.

Cody did denote NORA did receive "quite a bit of damage" as the result of ATV use over the Memorial Day weekend. Kroll said he would inquire about having a potential increase in police monitoring during weekends to dissuade ATV riders.

In other agenda items, Newbold renewed their insurance with Burkart-Heisdorf at $54,000 for the year. The board also approved liquor license applications for Tasmania, Whispering Pine Lodge, Spang's Italian Restaurant, Backwaters Bar and Grill, River Street Tap and Lake Nokomis Cranberries.

Evan Verploegh may be reached via email at

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