FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Interim Fire Chief Scott Young Appointed Wisconsin Rapids Fire Chief
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin - July 16, 2018
The City of Wisconsin Rapids Police and Fire Commission is proud to announce that, after a search, assessment, and interview process, Interim Fire Chief Scott Young has been appointed to serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Wisconsin Rapids.
Chief Young has been with the Department for 27 years, advancing to Captain/Crew Commander in 2006 and named Deputy Chief in 2011. He was appointed Interim Fire Chief in September 2017 upon the retirement of Chief Dave Kerkman.
Chief Young recently commented: “I am humbled and honored to be named the Fire Chief for the City of Wisconsin Rapids. It will be a privilege to serve in this capacity. I look forward to continuing the Department’s mission statement: ‘Professional at all times, proficient in all tasks, and polite to all whom we serve.’ The members of the WRFD are true examples of this mission. Day in and day out they consistently provide exceptional services to the citizens of our community. As Chief, it is my intention to build upon the many positive accomplishments we have achieved over the years. I believe in ethical and value-based leadership and encourage open communication. I am looking forward to continuing to serve our community.”
July 13, 2018
Contact: Wastewater Superintendent Ryan Giefer
City of Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Department and A1 Excavating will begin Lift Station Force Main Connection Monday
Friday, July 13 – The City of Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Department and A1 Excavating will begin excavation and connection to the Wisconsin River Crossing force main beginning Monday, July 16. As a result, the intersection of Ridgewood Trail and Golf Course Road will be closed. Residents and motorists will need to follow the directions stated below until the work is competed, which is expected to be finished by Thursday, July 19.
During this time crews will be working 24-hours a day, until the work for this component portion of the project is complete, so be alert for high volume of truck traffic along 2nd Avenue South from Gaynor to State Highway 54/Riverview Expressway Bridge and areas surrounding the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The City encourages everyone to minimize local traffic in the construction area as much as possible.
The Wisconsin River Crossing force main carries water, sewage and other materials from the wastewater west-side lift station. The new overall infrastructure will result in life expectancies of 80-100 years for the river crossing force main, 50-80 years for the lift station structure and 20-40 years for lift station equipment. This ensures safe and reliable transport and processing of wastewater for generations to come.
Please contact Wastewater Superintendent Ryan Giefer with any questions or concerns.
071318_NR_WIRAPIDS Lift Station Force Main Connection Final
Wisconsin Main Street Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To: News Editors
Contact: Adam Tegen, Director
Wisconsin Rapids to take part in Wisconsin Main Street Day on Tuesday
Monday, July 9 – The City of Wisconsin Rapids will welcome distinguished guests from the State of Wisconsin, as one of eight communities taking part in the official Wisconsin Main Street Day, on Tuesday, July 10. The day highlights the important role that downtowns play in the local economy and celebrates the many successes of Wisconsin’s commercial business districts.
State of Wisconsin officials will celebrate the revitalization of downtown areas throughout the state, and will make their stop in Wisconsin Rapids at 10 a.m. An official announcement about the awarding of of a Site Assessment Grant from the State is set to take place in front of the former JC Penney store at the former Rapids Mall.
“WEDC leadership looks forward to visiting Wisconsin Rapids on Wisconsin Main Street Day to celebrate all the great work that is being done here to enhance the downtown business district,” said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) COO and Deputy Secretary Tricia Braun. “We look forward to not only highlighting the city’s recent successes, but also learning more about upcoming initiatives planned for its Downtown district.”
“With all our recent initiatives and the momentum we have generated toward reinvigorating our Downtown and Riverfront districts, we are excited to receive this affirmation of our efforts and plans from the State of Wisconsin,” said Mayor Vruwink. “This event draws attention to our vision of transforming Wisconsin Rapids into an ideal community in which to live, work and play.”
The Wisconsin Main Street Program, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018 and is overseen by WEDC, provides support and training for organizations dedicated to Downtown revitalization efforts. Since the program’s inception, Wisconsin Main Street communities have created more than 2,600 new net businesses and nearly 14,000 new net jobs. They also have generated more than $1.7 billion in public and private investment since then, and are renovating more than 250 buildings per year.
July 9, 2018 News Release PDF
Public Works Project Update
High Street – 7th Ave N to 10th Ave N
City crews completed the installation of the new 36” storm sewer main from 8th Ave N to 9th Ave N. Work also began on replacing storm manholes at the 9th Ave N intersection. Crews also removed curb, pavement and topsoil on the last block of the project this week. SX Blasting is scheduled Monday to drill and blast near the intersection of 8th Ave N next week for water and hydrant installation on High Street. 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 and 800 blocks.
Wastewater force main river crossing
The 1840-foot pilot bore is complete some 40 feet below the river bed. Remaining boring consists of reaming the pilot bore to a 30” diameter which will ultimately house the new 20” force main sewer pipe. The reaming operation gains about 72 feet each day and crews are about half way complete with about 850 feet remaining. Final connections and road closures near Blue Heron Ln, Pepper Ave, and Ridgewood Trail intersections are tentatively planned for late July.
West Side Lift Station
Work has resumed again for the new building excavation.
Wisconsin River Green Space and Recreation Project
This week Janke Construction continued work on site grading in Demitz Park and riverbank stabilization within the park. The installation of the riverbank stabilization (riprap) along the shoreline in Demitz Park is also complete. They poured portions of the concrete trail between Demitz Park and Mead Street and began grading and installing gravel base for the parking lot in the park. Concrete work continues on the trail from the park to 3rd Street and along homes on 3rd Street.
1st St N – Poplar St to North City Limits
Washington St – 8th St N to 12th St N