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One Wausau City Council member thinks city officials should take their budding relationship with village of Weston officials one step further.
Weston and Wausau partnered last year on a number of initiatives, such as launching an online pet licensing program and working to get a bus route running again in the county's south metro area.
But with Weston officials predicting they'll need to cut services for 2014, Wausau City Council member Bill Nagle suggested during a late January meeting that the communities' officials think seriously about sharing more services for residents.
Nagle wants the City Council and Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple to take a road trip to Weston and host a big meeting with the village down south, he said in an interview Tuesday.
"It would be an open discussion about consolidating, talk about consolidating recreation services, public works, police and fire," Nagle said.
Nagle said he wants to hold a meeting as soon as possible.
City merges newsletters
To save money, the city of Wausau and Wausau Water Works have combined their newsletters starting this year. Now, Wausau residents will receive at least four city newsletters a year in the mail, as opposed to two from the city and three from Water Works, like in years past.
Tipple said postage for the newsletters costs taxpayers roughly $3,500, and he hopes the city will save money on printing costs by combining the two newsletters.
Tipple announced the newsletter merger at a Wausau City Council meeting Jan. 22, and the winter edition was shipped out to residents later that week.
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