Registration for Parks & Rec. T-Ball begins Thursday, March 1
The fun will soon begin – thanks to the City of Wisconsin Rapids Parks & Recreation Department. Starting this spring and into early summer, area residents, young and older, can experience an array of arts and athletics opportunities Check out the recreational programs available this spring, here.
Registration has already begun for spring activities except for T-ball, on Thursday, March 1, register online, or come in person to City Hall. For more information, call 715-421-8240.
Let the Parks & Recreation Department get you into the swing of spring!
Video: Sand available on the corners of intersections to help with ice
Wisconsin Rapids honored for leadership in promoting solar energy
I am proud that our City has received national recognition for its leadership in pursuing a cost-efficient future fueled by sustainable energy.
SolSmart, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded recognition program, has awarded Wisconsin Rapids its highest “Gold” designation to commemorate our commitment to making it faster, cheaper and easier for homes and businesses to go solar.SolSmart is a national designation program designed to spotlight communities that have taken key steps to reduce solar costs and barriers, and promote the growth of a mature local solar market. More than 180 cities, counties and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.
“This designation is in recognition of all the hard work and leadership your community has shown to reduce soft costs and barriers to going solar,“ noted Marcia Travis of the International City/County Management Association, a SolSmart partner, in informing Wisconsin Rapids officials of the honor.
Wisconsin Rapids officials worked in conjunction with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, a SolSmart advisor, to update and better round out our application, which was geared toward reviewing our policies and procedures related to promoting solar energy.
To earn SolSmart Gold designation, the City demonstrated:
- A clear procedure for individuals and businesses applying for and receiving a building permit to install a solar power system;
- A review of zoning regulations to make sure they are not overly burdensome in regulating solar power systems;
- A process for cross-training City inspectors to properly assess installed solar systems; and
- An online presence that displays the City’s commitment to solar power , which can be viewed at the City of Wisconsin Rapids website.
We were excited by the opportunity to include in our application submission the installation of McMillan Memorial Library’s 235 kW rooftop solar array – the largest solar power production unit in central Wisconsin, as well as model projects installed at Assumption and Lincoln high schools a few years ago.
Having received “Gold” recognition, Wisconsin Rapids now is eligible for no-cost technical assistance from SolSmart’s team of national and local experts. Such assistance can include: in-person presentations on local or regional solar challenges and opportunities; site visits focusing on specific criteria, categories, or projects; webinars and online catalog resources; access to a network of local government elected officials or staff who have applied best practices in their own communities; workshops; and program-funded and -trained staff who will work in a community or region for engagements lasting for as long as six months.
As we pursue our plans on multiple fronts to promote economic development, our initiatives to foster a more progressive energy economy sends a signal that Wisconsin Rapids is a welcoming and inviting community in which businesses can grow and expand.
Thanks for reading,
Mayor Zach Vruwink