Tuesdays with the Mayor
Weekly update with Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza
By Taylor Hale
Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments.
Wiza touched on a city tree lighting ceremony and additions to Stevens Point’s Marshfield Clinic.
City approves Marshfield Clinic addition
City officials approved a request from Marshfield Clinic, 4100 State Highway 66, to construct a new 30,250 square foot addition consisting of two stories to house an emergency department, surgery center, inpatient unit, and additional support spaces.
The latest addition would also include a parking area and a propane tank enclosure.
The approval was passed unanimously by city staff, with seven applied conditions. The conditions include:
• Bicycle parking accommodations shall be provided on-site that is consistent with the City’s Zoning Code, to be reviewed and approved by staff.
• The applicant shall submit a stormwater plan to determine if the existing stormwater retention areas can support the proposed addition, subject to the review and approval by Utilities Department staff.
• The applicant shall provide details on a fire prevention system for the addition to be reviewed by the Fire Marshal and meet applicable fire code standards.
4. The proposed addition shall meet requirements administered by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics.
• Additional details shall be provided for screening the utility yard and propane tank enclosure, to be reviewed by Community Development staff and meet applicable Zoning Code standards.
• Staff shall have the authority to approve minor changes to the site plan.
• All applicable building permits shall be applied for and obtained prior to commencement of construction.
There may be no holiday parade this year due to COVID-19, but city crew members are still bringing the festivities to Stevens Point.
The downtown square’s tree went up on Nov. 16.
Wiza announced that the city would host a Facebook Live Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., on the city government’s Facebook page. The online event is intended to give locals a taste of normalcy during the pandemic.
“I realized that now more than ever, it’s important to have a few things that we can hang on to and rely on,” Wiza said. “We are going to try to do something that’s a little bit normal.”
The downtown ice rink will go up later this winter, as weather permits.
Wiza also encouraged the public to shop local during the holiday season when possible.