Youth Council unveils Municipal Zoo Master Plan, survey results
When a generous benefactor last year provided $300,000 toward improvements to the Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo, members of the Mayor’s Youth Council, led by Community Development Specialist Madelin Petz, put their energy into helping to develop a formal master plan process to guide future investments and improvements.
To help shape that process, they wanted to hear the thoughts of families in the community to prioritize future projects and programming at the Zoo. So, last month, the Youth Council helped create a brief survey to gather feedback and thoughts from local residents. With survey results in hand, Madelin and members of the Youth Council at the March 14 meeting of the Parks & Recreation Commission.
I am pleased to say that the community responded in grand fashion: In just 3 weeks, the survey yielded 638 responses, with 68 percent of respondents saying that they had visited the Zoo some time during 2017. Respondents also offered their ideas for improvements in animal exhibits, play/exhibit features and programmed activities. This input was invaluable, as was evident from the Master Plan elements the Youth Council presented to Commission members.
Many thanks to Madeline and the Mayor’s Youth Council for their ongoing efforts to create and enact an enhanced and advanced vision for a true community treasure. And thank you, our citizens, for making your voices heard!
City hosting open house for Zoning Rewrite Monday, March 19th
The City of Wisconsin Rapids invites residents, business owners and other interested persons to learn more about the new proposed zoning code and potential amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan, during an open house on Monday, March 19.
People can drop in at the All Purpose Room of McMillan Memorial Library, 490 E. Grand Avenue, anytime from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Planning Commission will use the input received at the open house to prepare a final draft. A public hearing will likely be scheduled in April or May to accept formal input on the final drafts.
When completed, the new zoning code will be integrated into other land-use regulations as outlined in the City’s comprehensive plan and be internally consistent, with no overlapping or contradictory provisions. The comprehensive plan will provide a 20-year vision and rational basis for local land use and economic development decisions.
You can find the proposed zoning code here. For more information, contact Adam Tegen, Director of Community Development, at 715-421-8225.
We look forward to seeing you!
County Drug Task Force invites you to “A Path Towards Progress”
The Wood County Drug Task Force invites all concerned residents and their young ones to attend “A Path Towards Progress: What’s been happening in our community to address the drug epidemic?”. This special program takes place on Wednesday, March 21 at McMillan Memorial Library, 490 W. Grand Avenue, in Wisconsin Rapids.
Law enforcement officials will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about local drug trends; efforts to support individuals and families affected by substance abuse; and community resources available for local residents who need help.
The event includes a free meal and childcare.
You can register, here. For more information, contact Ashley at 715-421-8923
Thank you for reading.
Mayor Zach Vruwink