As of 6:35 tonight, it is officially summer. For some, summer started with the Memorial Day weekend, for others, summer will start later this month based date and time of the solstice. But for me, summer starts in the 4th row of seats behind home plate in Athletic Park for the Woodchucks home opener. Yes, Madison handed our you-know-what to us last night in the first game of the season down there – but we play them again tonight – this time on OUR turf.
Before summer begins, the Dr. Rent Radio Show takes the airwaves from 5 to 6 PM on 93.3 FM, WNRB-LP, with one of the most important shows I have done.
Last week’s main show topic talked about a meeting that a couple of leaders in the rental housing industry had with key leaders within the City of Wausau. It was a frank and candid discussion held between myself and a member of the Wausau Area Apartment Association and Lisa Rasmussen, chair of Public Health and Safety, Ann Werth of Community Development, and Roger Sydow of Inspections. We talked about the Housing Task Force recommendations. We discussed their proposed solutions to the blight issues facing Wausau. We opened the door to communication. We talked, they listened. They talked, we listened. A dialogue was started. It was, I hope, an early step into a new era of openness, communication, and working together. Am I being overly optimistic? Maybe. Actually, probably. However… it has taken a long time for actual conversations… where people talk to each other and not at each other. And now, it has happened twice. Once with some of the new aldermen (Havel and Oberbeck) and more recently with Lisa, Ann and Roger. How can I not be hopeful that the door has been opened to working together instead of fighting each other. Only time will tell if my hopes will bear fruit, or be smashed. But I will continue to personally work hard toward the fruit thing.
That leads us to the main topic of today’s show. We will again look at the recommendations of the Task Force, and also talk about three listening sessions coming up. Based on our meeting with Lisa, Ann and Roger; these are actual “listening” sessions. The purpose is to get input, suggestions and comments from those who are on the “front lines”. That means home owners, residents, tenants, landlords, everyone. Anyone with ideas, comments, and suggestions. Or even those just wanting to learn more. What suggestions being made by the task force are good? Which ones are bad? What ideas have merit but need tweaking? What ideas are there that the task force hasn’t thought of? My favorite law is the Law of Unintended Consequences…. Does that law apply to any of these recommendations?
The public notice for the hearings can be found on Wausau’s website here: http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Home/Announcements/tabid/96/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/99/Housing-Code-Public-Hearing.aspx
The actual recommendations of the task force can be found on Wausau’s website here: http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=3fNiBg6VHM8%3d&tabid=96
The hearings will be held on Monday, June 7th at 6:00 PM at the Salvation Army at 103 S. 2nd Avenue; on Monday, June 14th at 6:30 PM at the Community Room of the Wausau Police Department at 515 Grand Avenue; and on Monday, June 21st at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 407 Grant Street. I have not been alone in my calls that our voices need to be heard. The City has listened to that call, they want to hear our voices – and here are the times and places.
I will talk more about this and what this means for the rental housing industry, landlords AND tenants, tonight on the show – hence the billing as one of the most important shows I have done to date.
We will have a few questions addressed tonight before I get to that main show topic. I had a question come up from a landlord who wonders about the ramifications of renting to illegal aliens. I had a question come from a tenant as far as what can happen if they hold over, their lease ended but they haven’t been able to move out. Within an hour of getting that question, I got a question from a landlord wanting to know what they can do if a tenant hasn’t moved out at the end of the lease. Finally, I will briefly provide an update on where the Wausau Water Works stands on considering implementing a turn-off policy (which was the subject of my last blog).
It’s going to be a great show so I hope you tune in. I also hope that if you live in Wausau, either as a home owner or as a tenant; or if you own property in Wausau – that you make it to at least one of these listening sessions so that your voice can be heard.
HAPPY RENTING! (And…. GO ‘CHUCKS!!!!)
P.S. – If you make you way to Athletic Park this season and find it is very hot, a great way to cool off is to see if you can get yourself selected for the Frozen T-Shirt Contest. Two people each home game will be brought on to the field and will race each other in unfolding a t-shirt and putting it on – the catch: the t-shirt just came out of the freezer. This “cool” contest is being sponsored by yours truly and HelpRent.com. See you at the game!