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Mercer News, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1954, Mercer, Wisconsin THE ERCER U S POSTAGE lit PiU Mercer Wis Permit No 1 Sec 34.66 P L B Vol 1 No 9 Mercer Wiser October 21 1954 Township Paper Local Youth Leader Seeks Clubrooms Mercer Zoning Laws Need Revision Lows Made in Early Now Outmoded By L Feature Writer Mercer is behind the on its coning laws The officials of Iron County developed a zoning ordinance back in the early to t ike care of the necessary re- ments These ate now badly in need of revision The Town Boaid of Mercer can bring about new and adequate zoning laws for the good of the entire community Mercer as everyone knows is an unincorporated It has no t governing body of its own It is under the jurisdiction of the own Board of Mercer Ft restry Recreation Ordinance Iron County has a zoning d in a ice which is supposed to be in operation in the Town of Mercer and herefore in the unincorporated village of Mercer However the Iron County zoning ordinance is what is generally known is Fore type of nanc I is a very simple ordinance was adopted widely by the Northern Wisconsin counties back in the primarily to prevent the establishment of permanent settlers who would create scho and road to M Ford State Public Work engineer of the planning division he type of provided for only two districts one in the land was closed to permanent dent except a caretaker but in t forestry and summer lodges and others were permitted and in unrestricted district In the latte district there are no latio is The unincorporated limits of Mercer village are under the unn phase of the ing ordinance further weakness of the Fore type of zoning now in force in Mercer is its method of administration and enforcement through the coun y agricultural agent's office said Engineer Ford This type of ordinance does not require the cons ruction of a certain type building in any particular as is required by the ordinances in in counties in the southeastern part f the state and in cities and incor villages Ford saw that the ordinance had valuable in its day No doubt this simple type of at ion ordinance has done much good in our northern regions but t leie seems to be developing in places a need to modify and strengthen such ordinances specific regulations will have to be developed for the un- ted districts maybe some addit onal districts should be set aid Ford M lybe the method of i and enforcement should be changed These are all points the local people of Mercer must de- cide or themselves Fort added Engineer Ford of Madison in his I- to the MERCER NEWS suggested that perhaps Mercer is Continued on page 10 Building is one of Mercer's m business places on the comer of Lakeview Stree and Highway 51 SPORTS RECREATION The Fishing Contest which is sponsored by the Resort and will be closed to further entries on October 31 The Contest Committee will meet soon after the closing date and the prize winners will be an- in this column All prizes will then be mailed out to the winners Some of the nice fish catches reported recently A musky weighing 20 pounds 4 ounces measuring inches was caught in Little Pike lake Oct 3 by Alfred Witzke of Wis A musky weighing 13 pounds measuring 37 inches was caught by Lefty Chaney of Mercer in Spider Lake A musky weighing 12 pounds measuring inches was caught by Mrs Jane Hanson of Kenosha Wis in Mercer lake This fish fell for the lure of a panfish master bait Gerald Miller a guest from Colorado guided by Tom Sleight caught a 60 pound geon measuring inches in Benson lake Fire On Flo wage A fire at the Siegert cabin at Driftwood Lodge did a great deal of damage Saturday The State Dept was called but the fire was evidently out of control and the building burned to the ground It is reported that jewels amounting to a great sum of money were in the cabin at the time but were re- covered Siegert is from Wauwatosa Wisconsin Mercer People Invited to Heat ski a re- speak on i 30 at m unity Buil The su be nation affairs He new Social distribute i c ale 11 la tor questions a Before High Following be a free 1 atte Congres all to be p meeting wi rather is for meeting people in th The pub sman Alvin E klent of Mercer will night October in the Mercer ling ject of his speech will tl and international will also explain the Security Act and will ee a social security le will also answer any ked of him he meeting the Mercer A Band will play he meeting there will nch served to all who man invites esent and advises the t be but the purpose talking with all the Mercer area ic is invited to attend A To The Townspeople Garbage strewn alon Town Dump taken garbage and When di the Dump it far back as block the ne of his Your cot possible to 1 for you as w and rubbish have been the highway to the Precaution should be t this by covering the rubbish when hauling posing of garbage at should be placed as so it does not t party when disposing will make it eep this a clean town II as neighbor Pictured here is the Rev Calvin Logan his address to the large crowd which attended the recent ground I reaking ceremonies of North woods Community Church 4 in It is hoped that the spacious chm h which will cost an be at the tir e of Its completion Children Need a Place for Whing Dings Editor's note This Is the first of a series of articles presenting the need for a Youth Center in Mercer ant presenting proposed plans and means by which it can be attained These articles are prepared by Mrs By Sleight long acclaimed the friend DEAR It seems to me that is we have t teen-age problem we have no one to thank but We in this very specialized age today our They have become a separate and distinct anc ate hardly considered or treated as what they are a disturbed and uncertain member of the human race midway in the business of growing up Growing up is suddenly not at all simple or easy life is geared too fast for our past social pattern So very few people live in their homes as a family Social gatherings are out of the home ard are constantly on the prowl looking for something to fill that gap I truly believe that the return of the good home parties is one of the things to fill that gap If each member of the groups of young people had a home party once a week even on a plan to avoid financial strain on some who could not carry it there would be something to all the time The noise and mess and inconvenience to the parents once or twice a week is a very small price to pay for the satisfaction of knowing our young people don't have to spend their free time standing up town or in the few public places where they can gather The young people need to be together adults are of the same pattern We are all on the go to our club meetings bowling card playing or Just joining the gang at the bars Why do we fret and bemoan the that our young people on the verge of adulthood find the same need and pleasure in gathering Let's quit thinking of our kids as some queer newly discovered species and love and enjoy them as human Granted the necessity for so many mothers working out to help the taxed family budget in this fast moving day makes the home plan impossible in some cases But Dad could forget his dignity and sacrifice an evening or a Sunday afternoon now and then to be the guiding hand at these social Wiling Dings And truly there is nothing more entertaining even fascinating than the conversations ideas and just plain company of a group of young active curious young people The insight into the world as they see and live it is a very en- lightening thing Our kids are very much aware of our world and going on in it but today's mixed up sense of values certainly takes a great deal of understanding from a group of human beings physically ready to assume their place in society but due to our long im- practical years of schooling not in training and mental ment The years between fifteen and twenty one for the average run of the mill yt are a tual land of uncertainity and i idee is ion If our restless ma jot icy of young people looking for something they don't yet understand are forced to gather away from home lets give diem a place where they can be selves and use their free time in a satis ying way To replace the old s orbit which includes all ages we now have adult gatherings at which children are not welcome Also a evident number of functions which take place in lic places ai which liquor is sold thereby excluding our youth again Since this is an accepted and apparently permanent way of life today how about the same pattern our young and opportunities for W desperately need a PUBLIC PLAC E operated and supervised by balanced straight thinking adults interested in our kids and aware of them as intelligent ing human beings They have much to learn and make a great many mistakes and bad impressions in the learning but in the growing up years of some of our most re- spect ble there are the same mistakes and unpleasant To never make a take is to never learn and grow in under landing young people here in our are as fine a group as you f ill find in any community bar We have no truly bad Lets make it easier to keep them chat A Youth Center community operated and self- supporting backed by interested adults is of the finest to will balanced self-assured young people we as parents can offer 10 help untangle the tainty fostered by our fast times Highway 51 South of Mercer to be Reconstructed in 55 Highway 51 from Mercer south to the Vilas county line will get a new road bed in 1955 said William F Steuber chief of public tion on Wisconsin State highways in a letter to the MERCER NEWS The road length from Mercer to the Vilas county line is 7.7 miles long in Iron county Ths road bed was constructed in 1944 according to Steuber The work done leaves much to be desired the toad bed is weak in supporting strength for the road surface making frequent surface repairs necessary Traffic has increased heavily in the intervening years since 1944 to the point that the present facility of the road has become inadequate to the quality of traffic servic warranted he said The new construction proposed for calls for a more adequate draining a new road bed to better geometries ng a ballast and base for better support of the surface and paving with ti bituminous surface proportioned and mixed by a hot plant process to provide higher quality and stated work proposed south of Mercer will follow almost the same route that is being used with any new directions or line changes dictated by tion of roadside developments
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