Wisconsin Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council highlighted at workshop
Monday, August 20 – The League of Wisconsin Municipalities has recognized the Wisconsin Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council as a unique force that engages young people and inspires solutions that enhance a community’s quality of life.
Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink, who formed the Youth Council in 2014, detailed its history and activities during the League’s 2018 Chief Executives Workshop, held August 16-17. Almost 100 State of Wisconsin city and village chief executives gathered to share ideas and tactics that lead to positive outcomes.
During a panel discussion, Mayor Vruwink cited the Youth Council’s role in: fund-raising for City projects like the proposed Aquatic Park at Witter Field, youth-led design of the splash pad at Mead Field and the annual 4th of July fireworks show; taking the lead in developing recreational events and proposals such as Kids to Parks Day and the Municipal Zoo Master Plan; and pitching in on neighborhood beautification programs such as community cleanups and tree plantings. Informational videos featuring Youth Council members describing their efforts accompanied the mayor’s presentation.
“It was my honor to bring the valuable work of the Mayor’s Youth Council to the attention of my fellow chief executives,” said Mayor Vruwink. “As one of just a bare handful of such formally organized groups in the entire state, our Youth Council garnered a lot of admiration as a model for tapping the intelligence and enthusiasm of future community leaders.”
The Mayor’s Youth Council gives local high school students a space in which they actively contribute to policy, service and recreation Initiatives. Guided by a Youth Council Advisory Team and chaired by the Mayor, the Youth Council reports to the Common Council. The Youth Council presents its recommendations and findings to Common Council committees and the public, administers surveys and produces content for broadcast and online media. High School students from are eligible to apply for membership. For more information, visit www.wirapids.org/mayors-youth-council.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities was created in 1898 to help Wisconsin cities and villages share ideas and learn from one another; to train and provide information to elected and appointed public officials who help govern those cities and villages; and to advocate on their behalf with the Wisconsin legislature, governor and state agencies.
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High Street - 7th Ave N to 10th Ave N
Pember Companies, Inc. completed the curb and gutter on High Street. They also began grading work for the sidewalk and driveways. Pember is planning to pour sidewalk late next week. Residents will not have direct access to their driveways until after the concrete work is completed and cured.
Wastewater force main river crossing
The new force main pipe across the river is complete. Remaining work includes site restoration and final connection to the new west side lift station when complete.
West Side Lift Station
Myron Contractors completed setting forms and steel for the first half of the new sump well this week. They expect to pour 200 cubic yards of concrete next week.
Wisconsin River Green Space and Recreation Project
This week Janke poured the concrete pad for the shade structure in Demitz Park. They also worked on pouring the concrete trail, installing riprap and grading on 2nd Street. Next week Janke will work on installing sections of the trail adjacent to the shade structure in Demitz Park. They also plan to continue working on the concrete trail and installing riprap along 2nd Street.
High Street - 12th Ave N to 17th Ave N
This week City crews began placing new underground utilities on High Street concentrating on the segment between 15th Ave N and 17th Ave N. Residents do not have direct access to their driveways within this section.
Van Buren Street - 8th Ave N to 10th Ave N
Pember poured curb and gutter on Van Buren Street this week. The street remains closed from 8th Ave N to 10th Ave N. Pember will be back next week to work on driveways.
Project Update #15 (8-17-18)
Joe Eichsteadt, City Engineer
SUBJECT: Street Closing – 7th Street N, between Baker Street and Drake Street
7th St. N, between Baker Street and Drake Street, will be closed to through traffic due to a utility service repair by Water & Light, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and is expected to re-open at 3:00p.m. the same day.
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FROM: Joe Eichsteadt, City of Wisconsin Rapids Engineer
Street Closing – West Jackson Street, between 2nd Avenue N. and 3rd Avenue N. West Jackson Street, between 2nd Avenue N. and 3rd Avenue N., will be closed to through traffic due to the gas main installation project by We Energies beginning today at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018 and is expected to re-open at 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2018.
Traffic on West Jackson Street will be detoured south onto 2nd Avenue N., west onto West Grand Avenue, north onto 3rd Avenue N., then back onto West Jackson Street.
Once this street closing re-opens, then the lane closure in both east bound lanes of West Jackson Street, between 3rd Avenue N. and Jackson Street bridge will resume. East bound traffic will then be shifted back to one of the west bound lanes of West Jackson Street.
Additional lane closures are expected as work progresses and updates will be forth coming. Please use caution and expect possible delays.
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