The committee is called "Neighbor to Neighbor", and its goal is to improve living conditions in Wausau neighborhoods. It will help neighborhoods form groups to tackle everything from nuisance problems to maintenance issues.
Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple announced plans for the committee last week. It will replace the Core Area Renewal Effort (CARE), created by former Mayor Linda Lawrence. While the old committee helped improve at-risk neighborhoods only, the new one will assist all areas of the city.
"We've seen some things that work, and so it's worthwhile to pay attention to these things, not let these things get out of control," says Jim Rosenberg, member of the Wausau City Council. "Because any neighborhood over time can be at risk if these things are allowed to fester."
The Wausau City Council will start approving committee members for "Neighbor to Neighbor" in August.
One of the first things they'll do is create a resource guide to help solve neighborhood problems.
The committee should be fully up and running by next spring.