Broad Range of Topics Await Council Members Monday
Aldermen Mike Wiza, Michael O’Meara and Mike Phillips are among those deciding on upcoming street closures and parking changes. (City-Times photo)
By Brandi Makuski
City leaders on Monday meet for regular committee meetings in preparation of the July Common Council.
City revaluation, tavern license renewals, an audit of the 2013 city finances and a slew of temporary street closings are up for consideration by the committees, which are comprised of various city aldermen/women.
The evening begins with the July Finance Committee at 6 PM, when city leaders will hear a brief presentation on the 2013 audit of city finances, followed by a proposal to spend $170K on the city’s contracted assessor for the revaluation of Stevens Point.
The Board of Public works meets afterward to consider a request from Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital to temporarily eliminate on-street parking along Sims Ave. between Illinois and Fremont, or to remove on-street parking on east and west sides of the hospital’s parking ramp entrance. According to city documents, the hospital’s renovation project forced a closure at the northeast entrance to parking lot, increasing the likelihood of accidents on the Sims Avenue entrance. The Board of Public Works meets at 6:45 PM, or immediately following the Finance Committee.
The city’s Public Protection Committee will consider several temporary Class B licenses for alcohol service at area picnics and other special events, including Corn on the Curb, August 2, the Portage Co. Democratic Party Picnic, August 24, a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop #298 on August 21, and a Bike Tour event at Pacelli on July 16.
The committee is also expected to approve temporary street closings for various upcoming events, including Corn on the Curb, the YMCA Frostbite Road Race on Dec. 6, the Old Main Neighborhood Association (OMNA) block party on Sept. 7, and Discover Downtown held July 18 & 19.
The Public Protection Committee meets at 7:15 PM, or immediately following the Board of Public Works.
The night wraps up with the Personnel Committee, whose members will consider filling a vacancy in the city’s Streets Division. The committee will also discuss in closed session to hear a request from an undisclosed department head to place a city worker on an unpaid leave of absence. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:45 PM, or immediately following the Public Protection Committee.
The meetings are held at Lincoln Center, 1519 Water Street, and are open to the public. Public comment will be welcome.