Tuesdays with the Mayor: July 19
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touched on accessory dwelling units in the city and Riverfront Rendezvous.
City looks into accessory dwelling units
Wiza said the city is hosting additional meetings to determine if accessory dwelling and accessory commercial units will be allowed on existing residential properties in Stevens Point. Many area residents voiced their concerns about the idea of allowing accessory units on existing properties last month after the city hosted a public meeting on the topic.
Community Development Director Ryan Kernosky stated that there is an abundance of misinformation circulating throughout the city on the units.
“There’s been a fair amount of misinformation and confusion about the proposed accessory dwelling ordinances,” Kernosky said.
The informational public meetings will be held from late July to early August. Kernosky made two video presentations to help residents learn more about the units. The videos can be found on the city’s website.
Riverfront Rendezvous numbers
This year’s return to Riverfront Rendezvous record-breaking numbers. Wiza said this year’s event raised more than any previous year in sales. Friday also drew in a record-breaking number of guests.
City leaders plan to invest the money raised from this year’s event to add more entertainment to Mead Park during the event, bring in additional vendors, and possibly start live music performances earlier in the day, giving locals more time to enjoy the festivities.