Welcome to September. Our road construction projects are trying to wrap up and the Fall street projects are moving forward. The days are getting shorter, but the workload isn’t. We are ready to present our capital budget to the Finance Committee on Monday, September 13th. This shows what “big ticket” items are requested for 2022. We here at City Hall have been working together to make sure we prioritize our needs to fit within the budget that Council has determined.
You have probably noticed that the old laundromat on Division St. has been removed. This was acquired by the city so we can move forward on a partnership project with UWSP to re-establish a corridor between Business 51 and the campus on Isadore St. You may also soon see the Point Motel coming down as a developer has bought it and is constructing new apartments on that site. Belke Lumber is also going to be deconstructed soon and we have some exciting prospects for that location.
Going up, is Dunkin’ Doughnuts and Baskin-Robbins. They are slated for an October opening. The Point Brewery’s Beer Garden is scheduled for a ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 3 and should be available for bookings after that.
With the Labor Day holiday, our regular Plan Commission meeting has been moved to Tuesday, September 7th. More information is available at stevenspoint.com, but on that agenda we include:
- A plan review to install a gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park, as an Eagle Scout project.
- A discussion only agenda item to update everyone on the neighborhood meetings that have taken place this summer on the proposed ADU/ACU ordinance. Staff will be giving a presentation discussing these neighborhood meetings and present an updated ordinance proposal for feedback and discussion. There will be NO formal action required by the Plan Commission at this time.
- A presentation by City staff on the US Census population data release. Numbers went down but the UWSP enrollment was also down during this period and seemingly attributed to the decline and we have realized a more ethnically diverse population. Redistricting our Aldermanic districts is going on right now to adjust for the population changes.
We still have lots going on including Jazzfest this weekend and a dedication of the Freedom Eagle sculptures at Cultural Commons on September 18th along with Art in the Park the same day.