Top Stories of 2019: Government

It was an eventful year for Central Wisconsin! As another year comes to a close, OnFocus is recapping the top stories in Community, Education, Public Safety, Business, and Government, not in any order.

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CITY APPROVES MORE FUNDS FOR POOL

The city’s contribution to the Marshfield Outdoor Aquatic Center will increase by an additional $500,000 to cover soft costs for the project.

TAX INCREASE APPROVED

The Common Council approved the 2020 budget and a three percent tax increase on Nov. 26.

CITY ADDRESSES $1.6 MILLION ACCOUNTING PRACTICE PROBLEM

Individual TIDS were off their debt schedule, which resulted in the need for a general fund repayment.

COUNCIL APPROVES ONE-WAY STREET

Another section of 2nd Street will officially become a one-way after receiving final approval from the Common Council on Tuesday.

FRAC SAND MINE MOVES FORWARD

After months of contentious debate, a frac sand mine moved forward in the Town of Rock.

PARKS DEPARTMENT TAKES FIRST STEP TOWARD ORGANIC PLAYING FIELDS

The department converted Weinfurtner Field at Griese Park into an organic field.

PENKER ‘RETIRES’ FROM PUBLIC COMMENTS

A recurring, well-informed presence during city government’s public comment period announced to Common Council he would “retire” from the podium.

NEXT STEP FOR POOL APPROVED

The Marshfield Outdoor Acquatic Center has a completion date of 2021.

ANIMAL WELFARE GROUP PUSHES TO CANCEL FAIR’S WHITE TIGER EXHIBIT

The exhibit ultimately went forward.

CITY MOVES FORWARD WITH BALTUS PROPERTY PURCHASE

The property is strategic as storage space for police vehicles, additional parking space in anticipation of the police station expansion, and future development of the 2nd Street corridor.

COUNCIL DEBATES REMOVING FIREARMS SIGN

The Common Council discussed removing a sign prohibiting firearms at City Hall. The item was brought forward for consideration by a resident who is a concealed carry permit holder.

COUNCIL CONSIDERS KC HALL HOTEL PROJECT

The project ultimately broke ground on Dec. 11.

NO NEW POLICE STATION

City staff recommended the remodel and expansion of the nearly 40 year-old police station instead of constructing a new facility.

STUDY IDENTIFIES HOUSING NEEDS IN MARSHFIELD

Development has not kept pace with demand for single family housing in Marshfield, a study concluded.

 

 

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