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Thomas Street project discussion postponed

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau residents are still waiting to hear the city's plan for the Thomas Street redevelopment project.

Monday evening, dozens of people came to listen to the Finance and Economic Development committees discuss the project.

But the joint committee voted to postpone the discussion until the council reviews more legal advice that recently surfaced--specifically, a legal opinion requested by city attorney Anne Jacobson. That opinion is now part of a harassment complaint filed by Jacobson.

According to a memo from Michael Loy, Wausau human resources director, to council members, Jacobson claims harassment from some city staffers, and that the Thomas Street legal opinion she requested was never presented to the committee. Another, more expensive opinion was presented, according to the memo as described by a source familiar with it to Newsline 9.

Jacobson had no comment Monday night about the complaint.

"We would have been ready to take action tonight and to adopt a plan, but now with the recent developments at the end of last week, we need to have all of our legal clarifications before we go forward with anything on Thomas right now," said Lisa Rasmussen, an Economic Development Committee member.

Some community members say they were disappointed that there wasn't a discussion.

"Just the fact it was deferred, what does that mean?" said Chris Bargender, a Thomas Street resident. "How much longer are we going to have to sit and wait? It's frustrating."

Committee members say they hope to revisit the Thomas Street plan soon.

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