Tuesdays with the Mayor
An update with Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza
By Taylor J. Hale
Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touches on COVID-19 and Bukolt entrances get revitalized.
Portage County sees spike in COVID-19 cases
Wiza said that he hopes to see residents maintain social distancing and PPE practices as fall approaches.
According to the Portage County Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Portage County saw 22 new cases in September.
“I don’t know of any events in town that have been linked to the recent outbreak,” Wiza said. “But things have been happening all around the county.”
Wiza said large public gatherings with lax social distancing practices are likely contributing to the recent spike. Wiza added that the virus had personally impacted his immediate family, and he hopes to see locals take precautions when going out in public.
Bukolt entrances get revitalized
Bukolt Park’s iconic log entrances have been revamped. Wiza said that the new log entrances were made with salvaged white pine timber from the July 2019 storm.
“The first group of logs was a result of storm damage from July of 2019 and was located on Consolidated Water Power Company property,” Wiza explained via social media. “After coordination and permission from Consolidated Water Power Company, the city was given permission to take the fallen trees at no cost but did in flatbed trucking expense because a flatbed semi was required due to the length.”
Other logs for the project were taken directly from Bukolt. The old logs were installed in 2007 and removed in 2019 due to deterioration.