While it was Mielke's first "State of the City" address, it was Albert Meyer's first time at an event like this.
"Getting more concerned about the city, because now I'm retired," the longtime Wausau resident said. "My wife and I are getting older, but the city is at a point where you need to consider the next generations."
He shares the mayor's willingness to develop downtown.
Though the process is slow-going, the mayor said plans for the movie theater are still on track.
"The theater is going to be happening," he said. "It took a little bit longer because we had to get some more dealings done, that type of thing."
He hopes the downtown upgrades will help retain millennials.
"When I see people go, especially talented people and smart kids - I say that respectfully," he said. "I don't like that, that's not good. That's the future of our city."
"I was really genuinely impressed. I think the world of all of our employees, but in particular our police department," he said. "They really suffered, but I was so happy and so impressed with the way everyone in the community banded together."
The mayor also addressed challenges the city still faces, including homelessness, drugs and how to pay for road repairs.
Mielke: "I salute you." In reference to police, firefighters, paramedics.