WISCONSIN RAPIDS – On July 15, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the sanitary sewer interceptor was overtaken by rainwater off Second Avenue S., just south of the roundabout. Rainfall was recorded from 3.9 inches to 5.25 inches in this collection area.
Approximately 165,000 gallons of diluted wastewater overflowed from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. into the Wisconsin River. Areas affected would be the Upper Wisconsin River Southern Sub-Basin in Wood County. Anyone using the river for recreational activity may be exposed to pathogens, such as E.Coli.
Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant is working to prevent a re-occurrence by maintaining infrastructure through televising, cleaning, lining, and grouting sewer mains. Residents should also ensure that they have properly installed drain tile, sump pumps, and roof drains that are hooked up to the stormwater collection system and not the sanitary sewer. It is a violation of the City’s ordinance if residents have such cross connections.
For additional information regarding this matter, please contact:
Superintendent Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant
2540 1st Street South Wisconsin Rapids, WI. 54494
Office: 715.421.8237 email@example.com
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin – Independence Day is fast approaching, and plans are in the works to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable holiday for Wisconsin Rapids residents and visitors.
On Monday, July 4, one of the best fireworks displays in the area will be launched from the Wisconsin River in downtown Wisconsin Rapids. The display will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. and may be viewed along most of the riverbank and downtown area, except for the launch and safety zone on the western bank of the river from the foot of the Grand Avenue Bridge to south of the Moravian Church.
The DJ will start playing music at 6:00 p.m., and the National Anthem will be sung by Rhapsody right before the fireworks show begins. Food and refreshment vendors will be located on West Grand Avenue on the west side of the river, and on Second Street South, south of East Grand Avenue, on the east side of the river.
The Wisconsin Rapids City Band will perform outside of the Centralia Center, 220 Third Avenue South, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The fireworks show relies upon donations from citizens and businesses, and donations are still being accepted. Contact the Mayor’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are planning to attend this event, please consider the following as you make plans:
• No tarps, blankets or chairs may be placed on the riverbank or in any City park before 6:00 a.m. on July 4. Any article placed before 6:00 a.m. will be removed. Do not place blankets over plantings or mulch.
• No parking will be allowed on Second Street South between East Jackson Street and Mead Street, from 6:00 a.m. on July 4 through the conclusion of the event.
• No vehicle traffic will be allowed on Birch, Maple, Walnut, Pine, Witter, Locust and Mead Streets, between Second Street South and Third Street South, from 3:00 p.m. on July 4 through the conclusion of the event.
• No vehicle traffic will be allowed on West Grand Avenue between Second Street South and Third Avenue South, from 3:00 p.m. on July 4 through the conclusion of the event.
• West Jackson Street, between Sixth Avenue North and the Jackson Street Bridge, is closed for construction until the end of August.
•Parking spaces designated for individuals with disabilities will be available at the Moravian Church on Goggins Street (West side) and First Congregational Church, Maple Street parking lot(East side).
There will be a safety zone established (dependent on weather conditions) which will be set and monitored by boat patrols. This will protect boaters from being in an area where fallout from the display could strike a person or boat and potentially cause injury, or a fire or explosion.
•Boaters are reminded to make sure there are sufficient certified flotation devices on board and the boat’s capacity is not exceeded.
•For easier departure at the conclusion of the event, park on the side of the river in which you live or the area from which you travel.
•Obey traffic direction provided by local law enforcement.
•Always yield to pedestrians and be especially alert for children.
•Take the time you need to return home safely.
In the event of inclement weather, stay tuned to local media and communications outlets for information. If possible, a decision to cancel the display will be made by 3:00 p.m., July 4. The alternate date, should the display be canceled, will be Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Local media and communications outlets:
Also, regarding the possession, sale or use of fireworks, everyone should be reminded of the following:
•City Ordinance 20.04 (1) (a) allows private individuals and organizations to purchase, possess and use only those fireworks allowed in Chapter 167 of the Wisconsin Statutes. This would include sparklers, stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers and confetti poppers with less than one-quarter (¼) grain of explosive mixture. These items are legal without permits.
•Any device which contains more than one-quarter (¼) grain of explosive powder, that emits a report, discharges a flame, or leaves the ground is not permitted to be sold, possessed or used in the City of Wisconsin Rapids.
• All other fireworks, including roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, etc. are illegal except for groups with permits. Anything which explodes or leaves the ground is illegal without a permit.
Our thanks to City of Wisconsin Rapids staff who have been a part of the planning process and to those who will carry out responsibilities during the event. And a special thanks to our colleagues in law enforcement, fire, EMS and Rescue who have committed time and resources to make this event safe and family friendly.
From all of us at the City of Wisconsin Rapids, please have a very safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.
Division Chief of Fire Justin Pluess
Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department
1511 12th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
Work phone: 715-421-6281
Cell Phone: 715-451-7387
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin – The City of Wisconsin Rapids and American Legion Post 9 announce the inaugural Wisconsin Rapids Veterans Honor Walk. From May 20 through Veterans Day, 31 custom banners celebrating veterans will be hung on light poles along Grand Avenue, from 8th Street to City Hall. Booklets with maps and banner pictures will be placed along the route.
To celebrate the unveiling of this year’s Veterans Honor Walk, the American Legion Post 9 will host an informal gathering at Veterans Memorial Park, 2nd Street between Grand Avenue and Jackson Street bridges, on May 21, from 2 – 4 p.m. They will also host an informational booth at the Buckley-Baldwin VFW Post 2534’s 90th Anniversary celebration at Donald J Knuth Memorial Hall, 2711 Reddin Road, on May 21, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“It has been a pleasure working with the American Legion to bring the Veterans Honor Walk to Wisconsin Rapids for the first time. The Honor Walk commemorates the accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and active service members in our community. We thank you for your service,” said Mayor Shane Blaser.
Those interested in purchasing a banner for the 2023 Veterans Honor Walk can find an application at wirapids.org or at City Hall, 444 West Grand Avenue. The American Legion Post 9 will accept applications for 2023 until there are 40 approved applications, or until February 28, 2023. First time banners will receive priority. If there are any openings available on March 1, renewals of 2022 banners may be accepted. Learn more by visiting wirapids.org or by contacting Jerry Krofta, American Legion Post 9, at 715-424-6260.
If you have questions, please contact:
American Legion Post 9
4132 16th St. S
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494-4259
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin – The City of Wisconsin Rapids Police and Fire Commission announces that, after a search, assessment, and interview process, Interim Fire Chief Todd Eckes has been appointed to serve as Fire Chief for the City of Wisconsin Rapids.
Chief Eckes has been with the Department for 16 years, advancing to Captain of Operations in 2010, Battalion Chief in 2018, and was named Deputy Chief in 2019. He was appointed Interim Fire Chief in October 2021 upon the retirement of Chief Scott Young. Chief Eckes is certified as both an Executive Fire Officer through the National Fire Academy and a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Police and Fire Commission President, Bruce King, said, “We are happy to announce Chief Eckes’ appointment as Fire Chief. We had a strong slate of internal candidates, and it was a tough decision for the Commissioners. This is a testament to the excellent Fire Department we have. We believe that Chief Eckes is the right person for this important position at this time. We look forward to continuing to work with him.”
“I am both humbled and proud to be selected as the next Fire Chief of the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department. Humbled by the support of the Department, City staff, and the Police and Fire Commission; and proud to serve alongside thirty-five members who walk through the doors of the Department dedicated and committed to the citizens of this great community every day,” said Chief Todd Eckes. “We have great focus as a team on the future, and the staff that is in place will take what is already a great Fire Department and make it even greater. As a Department, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished if we do it together.”
Mayor Shane Blaser has made a proclamation recognizing April 30th, 2022, as Arbor Day.
Arbor Day commemorates the planting, maintenance, and preservation of trees. Arbor Day was first proclaimed in 1874 by Nebraska Governor Robert W. Furnas.