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Monday, May 28 – Wisconsin Rapids Community Media (WRCM), a division of the City of
Wisconsin Rapids’ Innovation & Technology Department, has earned awards for a variety of
original local community media/online programs that aired during 2017 produced by volunteers and staff.
WRCM’s entries were recognized on Thursday, May 10, during the Wisconsin Community Media(WCM) annual “Best of the Midwest” Invitational Media Fest and Awards Banquet, at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh.
WRCM took home these honors:
• Excellence Award-Best in Show, Produced by Youth (Professional) – “Fireworks
Fundraiser” (Travis Plowman and the Mayor’s Youth Council)
• Excellence Award-Best in Show, Public Access Program (Amateur) – “Wisconsin Rapids
Riverkings Hockey” (Art Napgezek and Milton Van Natta)
• Achievement Award-Series (Amateur) – “Day Trip in Wisconsin” (David Ballerstein)
• Achievement Award-Talk Show (Amateur) – “Thank You for Your Service” (Sienna
Borchardt and Tom Heiser)
• Merit Award-Live (Professional} – “League of Women Voters Forums” (Tom Loucks)
The Excellence, Achievement and Merit awards are the equivalent of, respectively, “gold,”
“silver” and “bronze” medals.
WCM is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance local communications through its
membership of public, education and government media centers in Wisconsin.
WRCM provides an open media source for local residents to film, produce and submit their
own multimedia projects for playback on the cable and streaming platforms. This material
provides a medium for information, promotion and entertainment serving the Wisconsin
Rapids community on WRCM's cable and online platforms.
PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT UPDATES
High Street – 7th Ave N to 10th Ave N
Excavation on High Street exposing sand, clay and rock City crews began excavation to replace the old 36” clay storm sewer located in a bedrock trench 17’ below the roadway. Temporary water was placed to some residents to allow for the excavation. A new storm manhole was placed at the 7th Ave N intersection, so the intersection can partially reopen next week. Storm sewer replacement will continue next week progressing towards 8th Ave N. KS Energy Services completed a gas line upgrade on 9th Ave N and will be working on 8th Ave N next week. High Street remains closed from 7th Ave N to 10th Ave N with no driveway access to residents in the excavation area on the 700 block.
Wastewater force main river crossing
The pipe crew has bored casing pipe underneath 2nd Ave N. The drilling crew continues to bore across the river.
West Side Lift Station
No work this week as calculations are being done to evaluate the rock excavation required to facilitate the lift station structure. Work is expected to resume as soon as the geotechnical evaluations are complete.
Wisconsin River Green Space and Recreation Project
This week the prime contractor Janke Construction, Inc. continued work underneath the East Riverview Expressway Bridge and began placing riprap under the bridge. They also worked on the trail between 1st Street South and the East Riverview Expressway Bridge and began grading the trail in Demitz Park. Lastly, they started installing sidewalk along 1st Street South to the bridge. Next week Janke plans to continue working on the trail under the bridge, placing riprap and installing storm sewer and sanitary sewer. They will also continue work on Demitz park grading.
1st St N – Poplar St to North City Limits
City crews completed final grading this week for the recreation trail. American Asphalt is scheduled to pave the trail next week Tuesday or Wednesday weather permitting. Residents should be aware of paving operations and expect delays as the road will be restricted to one lane during trail paving. Work on the pedestrian railing, restoration and pavement marking will follow. Project completion is anticipated in early June.
Washington St – 8th St N to 12th St N
A carriage walk concrete pour and one asphalt driveway match is the remaining work left on Washington St. City crews began final lawn restoration this week and should be finished within the next couple weeks.