Tuesdays with the Mayor
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touched on Christmas tree collection, city art projects, and more.
Christmas Tree Collection
The city is starting Christmas tree collections during the week of Jan. 10. All trees must be curbside Monday morning, regardless of home location. Wiza added that all trees should have their stump side facing into the street to make the pick-up process easier for street crews. No bagged trees, tinsel, garland, or ornaments should be kept on trees. Wreaths must have the wire removed.
Residents can also drop off their trees at the city drop-off site in front of the City Garage, at 100 Sixth Ave. Drop-off hours run from 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Wiza also encourages property owners to keep their sidewalks and other public walkways clear during the winter months.
Artist Street Lights
Wiza said he still has high hopes to create more artistic street lights to be placed along sections of the Green Circle in the city, like the recent installation near Pfiffner Pioneer Park of an abstract figure holding an umbrella.
Wiza said the new light posts could be a fun, artistic way to connect downtown Stevens Point with the riverfront, bridging the two sections with an interesting walking path.
Wiza encourages locals to send him design ideas on what they would like future light poles to look like. Drawings and sketches can be sent to his email at MWiza@StevensPoint.com. Wiza also set up a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of future light poles. To make a donation to the project, visit gofundme.com/f/more-artistic-lighting-along-the-riverfront?utm_campaign.
Forestry Department Receives Grant
The City of Stevens Point Forestry Department received $25,000 in matching funding for the 2022 year. According to the city, “the grant will help the City inventory all vacant tree planting sites in a right-of-way along City streets.”
The last time an inventory like this has been taken was in 1995. The information will help the department manage its street tree population. According to the city, a tree identification Walk will be developed in
Iverson Park, and trees lost to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) will be replaced.