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Local News Posted on 11/30/2021 12:19 PM
Northwoods – You might recognize Mike Wiza as the mayor of Stevens Point. But he recently added another title.
“I have been appointed to the board of directors of the League of Municipalities of Wisconsin,” said Mike Wiza, director of the League of Municipalities of Wisconsin.
He is one of 16 directors on the board who spend their time lobbying lawmakers and relaying information between the capital and small towns.
“The League of Municipalities of Wisconsin is an organization that supports municipalities across the state, from towns to towns and cities,” Wiza said.
The Rhine is one of the 600 or so members of the League.
“They support what is best for your communities, what is best for your people and they give sound advice but they also listen so they are part of this dialogue,” said Chris Frederickson, Mayor of Rhinelander.
Frederickson said the League of Municipalities is a key resource in its efforts to remove PFAS from water in the region.
“The League of Municipalities is strong in trying to come up with different conclusions at this point, so they’ve been a big asset,” Frederickson said.
It is not only the Rhineland that sees the benefits of the League of Municipalities.
“The League does so many good things for all municipalities, whether you are a member or not, really,” said Wiza.
Wiza says one of her goals is to encourage state policy that gives power back to local officials.
“Take back some of that local control,” Wiza said. “Often the capital thinks that municipalities are better off if we come up with a comprehensive policy for everyone and that is just not true. All of our communities are quite unique and the League has been a driving force in demanding that the local control returns and the restoration of shared wealth. “