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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 nsin October 21, 1954 Officiol Township Paper Local Youth Leader Seeks Clubrooms Mercer Zoning Laws Need Revision Lows Made in Early 1930's Now Outmoded By Heifaert L. Beierie, Feature Writer Mercer is behind the t'mes 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- quir 1 and road to lienry M. Ford, State Public Work engineer of the planning division. he Forestry-Recreation type of ojdinance provided for only two districts one in whirh the land was closed to permanent resi- dent except a caretaker, but in whic t forestry and summer lodges, camfs and others were permitted; and in unrestricted district. In the latte district there are no regu- latio is. The unincorporated limits of th? Mercer village are under the "unn phase of the exisi ing ordinance. further weakness of the Fore .try-Recreation type of zoning now in force in Mercer is its sim- plified 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 art-a, as is required by the ordinances in in th orated villages. Ford saw that the ordinance had i'een valuable in its day. "No doubt this simple type of Forestry- Rccrc at ion ordinance has done much good in our northern regions, but t leie seems to be developing in rn.my places a need to modify and strengthen such ordinances. Maytx specific regulations will have to be developed for the un- restri ted districts, maybe some addit onal districts should be set .aid Ford. M lybe the method of adounis- tratio 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- tter to the MERCER NEWS suggested that perhaps Mercer is (Continued on page 10) Cimagllo Building is one of Mercer's m >demized business places on the comer of Lakeview Stree and Highway 51 SPORTS RECREATION The Fishing Contest which is sponsored by the Resort and Busi- nessmen's Ass'n. 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- nounced in this column. All prizes will then be mailed out to the winners. Some of the nice fish catches reported recently are: A musky weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces, measuring inches, was caught in Little Pike lake Oct. 3 by Alfred Witzke of Wau- watosa, 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 34% 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 Peublo, Colorado, guided by Tom Sleight, caught a 60 pound Stur- geon measuring inches in Benson lake. Fire On Flo wage A fire at the Bill 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 O'Konski Congre- 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 Schc Following be a free 1 atte Congres all to be p meeting wi rather is for meeting an ngster are a vir- tual no-mans land, of uncertainity and i idee is ion. If our restless unanchorablc 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 them- selves and use their free time in a satis ying way. To replace the old s icial orbit, which includes all ages, we now have adult gatherings at which children are not welcome. Also a sadty evident number of functions which take place in pub- 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, think- 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 memories! To never make a mis- take is to never learn and grow in under; landing. young people, here in our comminity, are as fine a group as you f ill find in any community, bar none! We have no truly bad kids! Lets make it easier to keep them chat way! A Youth Center, community operated and self- supporting, backed by interested adults is oni: of the finest assest to will balanced self-assured young people, we, as parents can offer 10 help untangle the uncer- 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 informa- 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 prcvide the quality of traffic servic warranted, he said. The new construction proposed for 19''5 calls for a more adequate right-o-way, grading-and draining a new road bed to better geometries, provid 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 rnixe stated. Th'> work proposed south of Mercer will follow almost the same route that is {presently being used with any new directions or center- line changes dictated by considera- tion of roadside developments.   

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