Take the Plunge; Brat Fry & Root Beer Floats Friday
Our week of taking the “Plunge” for aquatics is almost over, but you still have the chance in our kick-off fundraising event for the Regional Aquatic Center Friday, with a Brat Fry and Root Beer Float Social.
I invite you to join me and City Staff at City Hall from 11am -1pm for a cheery meet-and-greet. Brats, Burgers and Root Beer Floats are available for purchase. Donations are also welcomed!
City Taking Action Against Emerald Ash Borer
City of Wisconsin Rapids crews have been diligently treating trees along our expressway to combat the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation that was first detected during April of 2016. Due to the treatment process, travel lanes along the expressway have been partially closed.
Wisconsin Rapids crews expect to treat between 100 and 140 public trees this year, with the balance of such trees slated for treatment during 2018. Treatment against EAB is generally effective for about two or three years, at which time another treatment can be applied.
As I related back in March of this year, our goals are to:
- Delay devastation of current tree stock;
- Allow time to take down infected trees; and
- Replant more diverse species of trees. To assist us with this effort – consider a tree sponsorship at invest.wirapids.org.
A State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources matching grant enabled us to prepare a tree inventory and urban forestry management plan, which has allowed us to set proper priorities in dealing with this problem as effectively as possible.
For more general information on EAB, residents can refer to the City website.
If you are interested in finding treatment options for the trees on your property, you can go, here or check out these two links below:
- Homeowner Guide to Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Treatments
- Wisconsin’s Emerald Ash Borer Information
To find further information and guidance regarding options for your property and businesses, call the Department of Public Works at 715-421-8255.
Thanks for reading,
Mayor Zach Vruwink