After months of discussion, city leaders are moving the
controversial Thomas Street
"I can understand the anxiety from people along Thomas Street who
feel like they have been waiting forever for some kind of closure and some type
of direction," said Lisa Rasmussen,
Wausau City Council President.
The project would widen the street to four lanes -- impacting
many homes and business near there.
The project has seen plenty of ups and downs. Recently, the
city learned it couldn't qualify for federal funding to help pay for it because
the city didn't follow proper guidelines buying homes along Thomas Street.
But city leaders say that missed funding made up just a
small part of the 15 million dollars this project will cost.
"We did find out from those grant sources that we are
eligible for funding on alternate, different projects," said Rasmussen.
"So at this point, the plan is to submit an alternate project that should
qualify for grant money to replace the grant funding that was not able to be
obtained for Thomas St."
Meaning, the city plans to take the saved money, and put it
toward the Thomas Street
"So the rest of Thomas Street would come from the regular
road budget, like we do every other street project that we have come up in the
year," said Rasmussen.
But some of those who live on Thomas Street are not happy with the
"I just want them to listen to us," said Cindy
Gwidt-Scheibe. "You know, they are voting
for it, but they're not listening to what we want."
if the full city council will need to re-approve the project. Members will be
talking with the city attorney to find out if the original vote approving this
project still stands.