Tuesdays with the Mayor: A weekly update with Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT – Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touched on how the city is handling the new statewide mask order and upcoming strategic planning meetings.
The city and the mask mandate
Wiza said that the city has had no major police engagements involving mask-related calls since the state-wide order launched on Aug. 1.
“People are still getting used to it and trying to figure out what they are and are not allowed to do,” Wiza explained. “Most people are complying to the best of their ability.”
Some locals gathered to protest the mask order, carrying signs and walking around parts of the downtown area and city on Aug. 2.
Wiza said that he understands the opposition and that it is a state-level decision at the current time.
City to hold meetings on strategic planning
The city is working with CREATE Portage County and Iowa-based Alchemy Community Transformations to find strategic planning processes centered on addressing local challenges and future developments.
“The goal of this process is to help Stevens Point spur economic development and population growth through the creation of cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects,” a release stated.
The “visioning sessions” are open to the public and will be held via Zoom on Aug. 5, 5-6 p.m., and Aug. 6, 8-9 a.m. The meetings will be recorded and archived online for public viewing.