Community Update – Hail Damage Resources, Call for Crossing Guards and Community Picnic

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McMillan Library Read-a-Thon

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend and participate in the first Read-a-Thon that was held at our publicreadathon library. The event ran from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and had participants of a wide variety of ages. It served as a reminder that, while we should be out enjoying the nice weather being active outside; we should, on not-so-great weather days, remember to pick up a book. I appreciated the invitation to bring a book and read with residents! Roscoe and Miss Wisconsin Rapids were also in attendance during the day.  For more information on upcoming library programs, visit the library’s “upcoming events” page here.

Hail Storm – After Storm Resources

Now a week after the hail storm passed through leaving many with hail damage to their homes, vehicles and businesses, many in our community are in the process of determining and recovering from damage sustained.  I strongly urge those of you who are contacted to not jump too quickly in agreeing to roof replacements, dent repairs, etc. and to make sure that the business is reputable before agreeing or exchanging money for repairs or replacements.  To help aid in the process of selecting the right contractor for repairs, the City is providing several resources to help make an informed decision.

As with the last storm, the City is requiring out-of-town or transient merchants to be registered with the City to solicit business door-to-door. To view an official city statement from my office on the matter, please visit this link.  Additionally, a brochure on consumer tips for contractor repair can be viewed here, and a list of out-of-town contractors registered with the City of Wisconsin Rapids can be found here.

Call for Crossing Guards/ Walking School Bus

CrossingguardAs we begin August already (where did the summer go?), families in Wisconsin Rapids once again begin preparing for the upcoming school year.  As our community gets ready to send children back to the classroom, don’t forget those who help get them there safely.

Our community’s school crossing guards are an extremely important part of many youth’s commute to school.  These public servants are extremely dedicated, spending many mornings and afternoons ensuring the safety of some of our most important citizens – children.  Depending on the school schedule, these wonderful people are out, often braving the variable elements of weather and making sure that our area’s kids get across the streets safely.

The City of Wisconsin Rapids has 11 crossing locations throughout the City requiring crossing guards in ensuring a safe crossing by students and WE NEED YOU.  Currently, there are unfilled positions for 3 crossing guards for the upcoming school year, with the risk of suspending those crossing locations if no hires are made.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a School Crossing Guard and working at one of the 11 crossing locations in the City, please apply!  Being a crossing guard is an extremely rewarding position, and a great opportunity to give back to the community by ensuring the safety of the children getting to and from school.  To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the City’s Employment Page.

Additionally, a “Walking School Bus” program was established in the City of Wisconsin Rapids by the Safe Routes To School Program  to provide a way for a group of children to walk with two or more adults on a “route” to safely get to school.  The Walking School Bus is an excellent opportunity for children within walking distance to school to arrive at school safely, under adult supervision.  On a broader level, the Walking School Bus program enhances children’s well being, eases traffic congestion near schools and improves community members’ overall quality of life.  If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Walking School Bus, please contact Bev Ghiloni, the Safe Routes to School Coordinator. I have enjoyed the visits with students on my shifts of walking school bus and know the many other volunteers agree!

Ribbon Cutting at River Wood Apartments

ribboncuttingRecently, I joined the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and CAP Services staff at River Wood Apartments for a ribbon cutting and open house.  CAP Services served as the project developer and property manager for the new development which hosts 38 units in six buildings.  A write-up for the ribbon cutting and open house event can be found here.

Community Picnic

This Wednesday, August 6, you are invited to join residents from communities in South Wood County to Community Picnicattend the 3rd annual Community Picnic at  Lake Wazeecha’s Red Sands Beach from 4:30PM-8:00PM.  Hosted by Incourage Community Foundation, this event provides an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate living in South Wood County.  You can view a map of the location by visiting this link.  The event is free and aims to highlight what we have as a community- beautiful natural resources and other local assets: food, people and talent- so spread the word to friends and neighbors- I’ll see you there!

Thank you for reading,

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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