Staff Reporter


The City Council of Hayward passed the first ever business improvement district (BID) on Monday night, June 10 for a section of the downtown.

In a unanimous vote, the council approved the formation of the BID, that is defined as “ … an area within which businesses are required to pay an additional tax (or levy) in order to fund projects within the district’s boundaries.” 

Many BIDs in Wisconsin focus on using levy dollars for promotion and attracting visitors. 

The BID boundaries include a rectangle section of three blocks bordering Highway 63 to the east, Dakota Avenue to the south, Fourth Street to the west and the alley between Main Street and Kansas Avenue to the north.

Depending on property value, property owners will pay a yearly flat rate levy: property that is less than $100,000 in value, $300 levy; $100,000-$369,999 in value, $400 levy; and $370,000 and above in value, $500.

The new BID is projected to raise $24,700 levy dollars. 

Seventy five (75) percent of the levy dollars will be used for marketing/cross marketing the area and 25 percent on administration.

Several downtown business owners and members of Hayward Downtown Business Council, an offshoot of the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation, promoted the BID proposal.

Mayor Charlie Munich also appointed members to the BID board. Appointed to a three-year term are Mika Ahlgren, James Netz, Billie Jo Sabin and Jennifer Titus. Appointed to a two-year term are Kathy Peterson, Mike Stamp and Cindy Swift. Appointed to a one-year term are Nate Gall, Larry Mann, Teresa Peters and Jim Miller. Miller, a city alderperson, is also the council’s representative on the board.



Request to use Hall of Fame Drive for Lumberjack run.

Request for Hayward Lions Club/Hayward Area Rotary Club for a fermented malt beverage licenses in the confined area of Second and Main streets during the upcoming Musky Festival.

Request to place a canopy over the front of 10546 Main Street, the gourmet popcorn store.

Place two city pickup trucks – 1996 Dodge and 2000 Chevy – for sale for approximately $1,000 each.

One of the city’s remaining liquor licenses to Main Street Tacos. The license had formerly belonged to Logger’s Mill, now out of business. Main Street Tacos was the only entity that applied for the license. 

Second reading of ordinance regarding tobacco-free school zone and the first reading of an ordinance on juvenile offenses.



Public Works Administrator John McCue said the Highway 27 project appears to be on track for completion of the Highway 63 to the Namekagon Bridge portion by June 28. Work has begun on a portion of 27 south of County Highway B, but he said that work will stop on June 28 and the workers will come back to finish the project after Labor Day. However, a representative of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has told the Record that work south of B will continue into July. 

McCue informed the council the DOT would like the city to pay for half the cost of removing contaminated soil under the south lanes of 27 where the city placed water and sewer lines. The full cost is $25,000; half is $12,500. McCue said he had opposed paying the $25,000 because it was not included in the original contract, but McCue was also concerned with the DOT making the city pay all of the $25,000 versus just $12,500. McCue said often with road projects contaminated soil is allowed to remain because it is covered with asphalt, but the DOT would not allow that on the Highway 27 project.

McCue said he was confused as to why water removed during dewatering of the area was not considered contaminated and was allowed to be flushed into the Namekagon River, but soil from the same area was considered contaminated and required removal. (The Sawyer County Record will follow up on this question with the DOT and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the agency that allowed the water to be flushed into the Namekagon.)

McCue added the city signed a contract for $300,000 to have contaminated water removed by tanker, but when the water was not found to be contaminated the contractor spent under $100,000 for dewatering versus the $300,000, and the city received no compensation from the difference.

Concerning replacing the Smith Creek culvert from the east side of Highway 63 to Lake Hayward, McCue said, he had talked to the DOT and confirmed the city would extend two seven-foot culverts to Lake Hayward the DOT is proposing laying just under 63 (the DOT’s portion of the culvert) in either 2023 or 2024. For that portion of the culvert under the Dodge dealership, between 63 and Railroad Street, McCue said, the city would be seeking an easement.

The year 2023 is the next possible period for the city to apply for a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a grant helping with infrastructure that could be used for the Smith Creek culvert. (The city is currently working on a $1 million CDBG application for the downtown. The CDBG application window is every two years.) 

City Attorney Michael Kelsey informed the council he had researched the city’s easement deed on West Guard Street and discovered the city had been given an easement in 1966 prior to Debra Rankin’s purchase of the nearby property in 1968. Rankin has threatened to close off the street unless the city repaves it. It had once been paved but a couple of years ago the city removed the asphalt and replaced with gravel. McCue said the city eventually intends to repave when dollars are available. Rankin has been critical over the dust created by the gravel and the frequent potholes she said appear there.


Under consideration

The city is considering adopting an ordinance against dumping of household garbage in city garbage cans. McCue has complained that several city garbage cans get filled overnight from household waste. An ordinance would allow city police to write a ticket if they see a person stuffing a large garbage bag in a city garbage can.

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