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Two downtown projects received a boost from the Antigo Common Council Wednesday, but a third has stalled.

At its regular monthly meeting, aldermen awarded an entrepreneurship grant of $18,275 to Rebecca Stimac and Pamela Castaneda of Bevy LLC, a shop at 517/519 Fifth Ave. The building, which they purchased earlier this year, formerly housed Zane Guitars.

The Bevy is an antique shop and bookstore that opened in January, and the owners now plan to add a cafe to the business mix. The funds will be used for building improvements and remodeling, new machines and equipment for the cafe along with some updated fixtures, furniture, signage and security equipment.

Stimac and Casteneda are both graduates of the Langlade County Economic Development Entrepreneurship Program. They are also working with the Small Business Development Center and Women Owned Business for help succeeding with the cafe.

The second project is Wild Epitome LLC, a winery planned by Robert and Pamela Frei that will be located at 816 Fifth Ave., the former Cutting Edge shop. The Freis received an entrepreneurship grant of $15,350 for remodeling, machines and equipment, furniture and fixtures.

Wild Epitome will offer a selection of unique wines including Honey Mead, Ginseng and Zingers. The production area will be in the building's basement with the first floor containing a wine bar and checkouts.

But while those two projects are green-lighted, the thirda sports bar and restaurant at 824/826 Fifth Ave., now home to MoJoswas pulled from the agenda.

Director of Administrative Services Mark Desotell told aldermen that the developer, Randy Reese, and the building's owner failed to reach an agreement on the purchase of the structure.

Reese is now looking at other locations in the city's core downtown district.

Aldermen also approved an entrepreneurship grant for Melissa Spray of Missy's Inspiring Images. The hair styling salon was previously located outside the city limits but Spray is moving it to 628 Dorr St. She received $7,800 for the remodeling.

With several other projects on the horizon, aldermen transferred $25,000 from the city's demolition fund to the entrepreneurship grant program. The city's partners in the program, CoVantage Credit Union and Langlade County and its Economic Development Corporation, are also being asked to provide additional dollars.

In other business, aldermen inked an agreement to provide city ambulance services to the area formerly served by Troutland Rescue, which has disbanded.

The city will provide the services to the village of White Lake and towns of Evergreen and Wolf River in exchange for Troutland's 2009 low-mileage ambulance, which will replace a 2003 model in the city's fleet. If a deal hadn't been reached, Troutland would have been charged $2,000 per call for the remainder of the year, a number that would quickly add up.

“It's a hurried thing,” Mayor Bill Brandt said, “but you can't leave people without coverage.”

A contractual agreement for services starting in 2019 will be negotiated, bringing the number of communities served by city ambulances to 13.

Aldermen approved three resolutions announcing its intent to apply for potential grant funding for major infrastructure needs, including the reconstruction of Fifth Avenue from Field Street through downtown to Lincoln Street, and the Saratoga Industrial Park storm sewer flooding mitigation project.

The applications are designed to determine the projects' potential of success for obtaining available state grants and loans. The city would be under no obligation to proceed with the work.

Aldermen also:

agreed to use $9,000 in available contingency funds from the Heinzen Peaceful Valley Pavilion project for additional walkways connecting the pavilion to the warming house and restrooms.

approved a 2 percent of living wage increases for city staff not covered by union representation.

hired Below Building to replace the siding on well house No. 15 as recommended by Infrastructure Alternatives Inc. The company will be paid $6,400 for the work.

and agreed to sell a city-owned vacant parcel at 218 Virginia St. on bids.

Brandt took a moment to recognize two city employees for achievement. Antigo Police Officer Dan Duley has completed training at the FBI Academy in Qauntico, Va. and Sarah Repp, the city's park and recreation department director, has been honored by her peers for her work on funding and construction of the Heinzen Pavilion, ‘”which has certainly become a showplace for our community,” the mayor said.

Following the meeting, the council reconvened in the committee of the whole format to review health and dental insurance for 2019 and receive an update on next year's budget.

The tentative numbers, which await final council approval, calls for a city levy of $3.498 million, down $5,292.

Mill rate is figured at $9.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decline of a penny. That means that the owner of a $100,00 property within city limits can expect to pay $948 in municipal property taxes. The levies for the county, school district and technical college must be added to determine the final tax bill.
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Downtown Antigo gets help from city council at meeting Wednesday
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Two downtown projects received a boost from the Antigo Common Council Wednesday, but a third has stalled.

At its regular monthly meeting, aldermen awarded an entrepreneurship grant of $18,275 to Rebecca Stimac and Pamela Castaneda of Bevy LLC, a shop at 517/519 Fifth Ave. The building, which they purchased earlier this year, formerly housed Zane Guitars.

The Bevy is an antique shop and bookstore that opened in January, and the owners now plan to add a cafe to the business mix. The funds will be used for building improvements and remodeling, new machines and equipment for the cafe along with some updated fixtures, furniture, signage and security equipment.

Stimac and Casteneda are both graduates of the Langlade County Economic Development Entrepreneurship Program. They are also working with the Small Business Development Center and Women Owned Business for help succeeding with the cafe.

The second project is Wild Epitome LLC, a winery planned by Robert and Pamela Frei that will be located at 816 Fifth Ave., the former Cutting Edge shop. The Freis received an entrepreneurship grant of $15,350 for remodeling, machines and equipment, furniture and fixtures.

Wild Epitome will offer a selection of unique wines including Honey Mead, Ginseng and Zingers. The production area will be in the building's basement with the first floor containing a wine bar and checkouts.

But while those two projects are green-lighted, the thirda sports bar and restaurant at 824/826 Fifth Ave., now home to MoJoswas pulled from the agenda.

Director of Administrative Services Mark Desotell told aldermen that the developer, Randy Reese, and the building's owner failed to reach an agreement on the purchase of the structure.

Reese is now looking at other locations in the city's core downtown district.

Aldermen also approved an entrepreneurship grant for Melissa Spray of Missy's Inspiring Images. The hair styling salon was previously located outside the city limits but Spray is moving it to 628 Dorr St. She received $7,800 for the remodeling.

With several other projects on the horizon, aldermen transferred $25,000 from the city's demolition fund to the entrepreneurship grant program. The city's partners in the program, CoVantage Credit Union and Langlade County and its Economic Development Corporation, are also being asked to provide additional dollars.

In other business, aldermen inked an agreement to provide city ambulance services to the area formerly served by Troutland Rescue, which has disbanded.

The city will provide the services to the village of White Lake and towns of Evergreen and Wolf River in exchange for Troutland's 2009 low-mileage ambulance, which will replace a 2003 model in the city's fleet. If a deal hadn't been reached, Troutland would have been charged $2,000 per call for the remainder of the year, a number that would quickly add up.

“It's a hurried thing,” Mayor Bill Brandt said, “but you can't leave people without coverage.”

A contractual agreement for services starting in 2019 will be negotiated, bringing the number of communities served by city ambulances to 13.

Aldermen approved three resolutions announcing its intent to apply for potential grant funding for major infrastructure needs, including the reconstruction of Fifth Avenue from Field Street through downtown to Lincoln Street, and the Saratoga Industrial Park storm sewer flooding mitigation project.

The applications are designed to determine the projects' potential of success for obtaining available state grants and loans. The city would be under no obligation to proceed with the work.

Aldermen also:

agreed to use $9,000 in available contingency funds from the Heinzen Peaceful Valley Pavilion project for additional walkways connecting the pavilion to the warming house and restrooms.

approved a 2 percent of living wage increases for city staff not covered by union representation.

hired Below Building to replace the siding on well house No. 15 as recommended by Infrastructure Alternatives Inc. The company will be paid $6,400 for the work.

and agreed to sell a city-owned vacant parcel at 218 Virginia St. on bids.

Brandt took a moment to recognize two city employees for achievement. Antigo Police Officer Dan Duley has completed training at the FBI Academy in Qauntico, Va. and Sarah Repp, the city's park and recreation department director, has been honored by her peers for her work on funding and construction of the Heinzen Pavilion, ‘”which has certainly become a showplace for our community,” the mayor said.

Following the meeting, the council reconvened in the committee of the whole format to review health and dental insurance for 2019 and receive an update on next year's budget.

The tentative numbers, which await final council approval, calls for a city levy of $3.498 million, down $5,292.

Mill rate is figured at $9.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decline of a penny. That means that the owner of a $100,00 property within city limits can expect to pay $948 in municipal property taxes. The levies for the county, school district and technical college must be added to determine the final tax bill.
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