Committee Defers Thomas Street Project

After a decade of discussion and waiting for action on the Thomas Street expansion project, residents will have to wait again after the committees voted to deter action Monday night.

Wausau City Council President Lisa Rasmussen said the economic development committee deferred action on the adoption of the project because it's waiting to review legal opinions.

Rasmussen said this comes after a second legal opinion surfaced last Wednesday.

"The residents on Thomas Street deserve some activity," Rasmussen said. "They've been waiting a very long time for some closure, and it's certainly our goal to do that, but we need to be cautious to proceed based on what happened last week ."

While the meeting originally was set to take place in the board room at City Hall, the growing number of residents and concerned citizens forced the committee to move it to the Commerce Room.

Thomas Street resident Thomas Killian said the deferment is a good start.

"I think it's a good start," Killian said. "When you look at a project where there are broken federal regulations and now investigations onto conduct on legal opinions, it's only appropriate to defer this and not vote on it or pass it along."

Rasmussen said the committees need to figure out which legal opinion is correct and adopt a plan, which will happen within the next couple months.


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