Four new Rhinelander council members take oath
By Eileen Persike
The odd-numbered districts in Rhinelander have new representation and the council has a new president. Four new members of the Rhinelander Common Council were sworn in Tuesday evening, and Ryan Rossing was voted council president with the ceremonies being livestreamed on hodagtv.com.
Thomas Barnett ran unopposed in District 1; Carrie Mikalauski beat out Lee Emmer in District 3; Gerald Anderson was voted in over challenger Wil Losch for District 5 and Eileen Daniel won the District 7 seat over Bill Freudenberg.
It took two votes for Rossing to become the council leader, garnering five votes to David Holt’s three.
Mayor Chris Frederickson announced at an earlier meeting Monday that city administrator Daniel Guild will remain on administrative leave, following his arrest in March. Guild is charged with misconduct in public office following a months long investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s office. A preliminary hearing for Guild is scheduled for June 11 in Oneida County Circuit Court.
The council also discussed the pros and cons of meeting via an online meeting app, should the need arise. Mayor Chris Frederickson said he will be making committee appointments in the next week.
(Star Journal photos captured during livestream)