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Wausau mayor announces action plan for city's government

WAUSAU ( WAOW) - WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Wausau's mayor says it's time to study whether a full-time manager could better run the city. Mayor Jim Tipple says he wants to hire a consultant to study that option and others and make recommendations to the city council.

On Wednesday, Mayor Tipple outlined a plan to create an advisory committee and hire three separate consultants. He said the purpose would be to analyze the roles and responsibilities of the mayor's office, the city council and the legal affairs department, including the city attorney.

Tipple's plan is broken down into three steps. The first, to have an advisory committee to study three different forms of city government. Those include a city administrator with a part-time mayor, a city manager with no mayor or a full time mayor like the city has now. Mayor Tipple said he's been thinking about sparking these conversations for a long time.

“We've had this city administrator discussion ever since I've been in office, for the last ten years. It boils up and goes away and then it boils up and it goes away and I just felt that rather than ignoring it, it's time to bring it forward,” said Mayor Tipple.

The city council president says he's happy actions are finally being taken.

"It's about time that these action steps came out to look into the future for the city. We're spending too much time both at city council and out at public at looking back at what things are done wrong,” said Romey Wagner.

The consultants will also review internal government operations and the roles of the city council. The mayor says any recommendations will then go to the city council for final decisions.

The costs of the consultants is still up in the air. But, the mayor says he has looked into private funding so taxpayers won't have to pay a dime. Tipple outlined no time frame for when the consultants would be hired or for when he expects their recommendations.

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