If you've driven along Stewart Avenue lately, you may have noticed these big metal birds popping up, and now, questions surrounding the financing are in question.
Its meant to welcome visitors into the City of Wausau.
"Gateways to cities are very important," said Mayor Jim Tipple, "we've been working on our gateways to Wausau for probably 10-15 years."
But many residents are confused by the flock of birds on Wausau's west side, especially when they see the price tag. The city finance director tells NewsChannel 7 the project is expected to cost just over $100,000 this year... and that's just the start of it.
They are budgeted to spend another $220,000 next year to expand the project west of the interstate. Part of that money is for the birds themselves, while much will be used for updating the median and installing an irrigation system.
Mayor Tipple says its money well spent.
"When people are coming to your town, they may stop to get some gas or maybe a quick sandwich," Mayor Tipple remarked, "when they see some vitality out there they may say, 'hey, let's check out this town'".
The birds will be lit with LED lights at night, for a better aesthetic. This phase of the project is expected to be done in the next few weeks.
Mayor Tipple says this money is specifically budgeted for streetscaping, not for projects like hiring a police officer or funding cats at the humane society.
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