Wausau news: City to get executive committee?
The Weekly Wausonian for April 21, 2022
The city of Wausau next week will discuss the creation of a powerful new committee: the city’s first executive committee.
The county has had such a committee for years. It’s basically a super-committee compromised of the chairs of all the county’s committees. Wausau’s would replace three other committees: the coordinating, administrative review and legislative committees.
What do those do? Honestly, I had to look it up because I don’t recall covering one of those committees since I moved back to Wausau in 2014. Legislative keeps track of state and federal legislation and how it applies to the city. Administrative review essentially, as far as I can tell, reviews that the city followed state statutes. And the coordinating committee, which isn’t on the city’s list of committees, seems already kind of a mini executive committee.
The main point, similar to the county’s executive committee, is to make sure the city is implementing its strategic plan, something Rosenberg is working on and made a key part of her mayoral campaign. If it works similar to the county’s, it will also act as a review of resolutions coming from standing committees before they head to council.
More will be laid out and we will keep an eye on the committee’s progress.
What else in Wausau news?
The Salvation Army is looking at an expansion that will increase the number of homeless people it can serve — including more families. The new location, which is planned for 110 S. First Avenue (pretty close to its current spot) will house 36 individuals and up to six families. Right now the Salvation Army only has one family room and families are often turned away.
More PFAS-filtering pitchers are on their way, the city reports. The city will spend another $80,000 on the pitchers, after spending $150,000 on pitchers and bottled water. Pitchers can be reserved through a sign-up form on the city’s website (Wausau residents only).
The city will likely do No Mow May again, which allows residents to not mow their lawns in May to help the bee population. Signs won’t be required this year and better outreach should prevent people from thinking they couldn’t mow their lawns. The program is voluntary and is meant to help maintain more pollinating plants for the bees during a crucial month.
Around the metro
Three women died in a crash Saturday evening on Highway 29 in the town of Frankfort. One 38-year-old woman from Medford and two younger women from the Appleton area died in the crash. A motorist who stopped to try to assist them was struck by a passing car. That person was injured but it wasn’t life-threatening. Investigators are still looking into the crash’s circumstances.
Saturday, April 23: Can’t get enough volleyball? Well, come bump, set and spike for a good cause at United We Spike all day Saturday at Greenheck Field House. This fundraiser for the United Way of Marathon County is for competitive volleyball plays so all you ex high school players or beach pro aspirants ought to come check it out. All day, must be available until 7 pm. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
Saturday, April 23: If you’re not a pro volleyball player and just want to run and drink beer (um, yes please!) the Never Forgotten Honor Flight 5k and Bock Fest is a good bet. The run is a lot of fun and you’re guaranteed to see a few runners in tutus, because that’s kind of the thing at organized runs. There’s also a very solemn flag raising ceremony and a much less solemn bock fest afterward as Bull Falls Brewery releases their bock beer for the year. Drink up, buttercup! (And be sure to call an Uber or cab or ride your bike if you follow such advice.) 9 am. Check out the Facebook event page for more details.
Thursday, April 21: It’s pretty cool that we have options for comedy again. And Mosinee Brewing Company is now among those options with its Brewery Comedy Tour events it’s been hosting. They never tell you who is coming, specifically, but these are some of the top touring comics from New York, LA and other comedy scene hubs. With a couple of crafted brews, they’re even funnier! 7 pm. See the event page for more details.
The Wausau Wolfpack girls lacrosse team split a pair of games Saturday in Cedarburg. Brooke Schaefer scored five goals to lead the Wolfpack in a 7-5 over DeForest. The team lost earlier to Cedarburg 9-4. The team also took on Sun Prairie Wednesday night, too late for The Wausonian’s press time.
D.C. Everest and Wausau West baseball teams got off to a good start, each with a 1-0 record on the season. The Evergreens beat Wausau East 9-1 Tuesday, and the Warriors shut out Marshfield 5-0 that same day. Merrill currently leads the Valley Conference with a 3-0 record, with Everest and West in second and third places.
D.C. Everest girls soccer is in a three-way tie for third place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is 2-0 so far this season, with a 3-2 win Tuesday over Wausau West. Everest heads to Merrill today (Thursday) at 7 pm.
I thought I would highlight a fellow substacker today. John McCracken is a hell of a journalist who’s done some great investigative work and appeared in numerous publications statewide. If you have any interest in what’s going on Green Bay, he’s a great follow.
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