Historic First: Wis. Village Absorbed Another

The Village of Maine has officially absorbed the Village of Brokaw, ending years of uncertainty for the tiny village north of Wausau with a now-shut down paper mill.  As of Monday, Brokaw no longer exists, and Village of Maine leaders said the merger is the first time that has ever happened in Wisconsin. Problems in Brokaw started after Wausau Paper shut down its mill in 2012. Hundreds of people lost jobs, and the village was $4.5-million in debt from a water project with no way to repay it.  In 2016, two neighboring communities – the Town of Texas and Village of Maine – stepped in to help, forming a  cooperative boundary agreement to make sure Brokaw stayed afloat.  Nearly two years after taking over, the Village of Maine was finally able to absorb Brokaw.  To help make that possible, Maine received state and federal money.  Some of the money Maine received will be used on economic redevelopment for the acquired community.