WAUSAU — The Wausau Town Council will begin discussing applicants at a special noontime workshop on Thursday, July 18.


WAUSAU — The Wausau Town Council will begin discussing applicants at a special noontime workshop on Thursday, July 18.



City Clerk Margaret Riley announced her plans to retire in September after 17 years as a town employee, and the council has been advertising for her replacement. A total of 14 applications came in to the city for the position, Riley said.



“I would like for us to get that number down to the top five and then call those folks back in for interviews,” said Mayor B.J. Phillips.



“Not everybody can do this job,” Phillips said. “We want to look at the applications and try and find the best fit for this position.”



The council will meet again in workshop at 6 p.m. on July 25 to interview candidates, Riley said.



The water department finances continue to improve, Riley reported, with the outstanding balance of accounts delinquent by four or more months dropping to about $3,000.



“We’ve seen a steady improvement,” Phillips said. “I will be glad when I see all zeros there, though.”



Riley also informed the council that Fred Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises had requested a meeting to discuss possible grants the city could receive from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.



“If we could meet with him at the next meeting that would be good,” Riley said, adding that the deadline for filing for the grants was September.



Council Member Kerry Collins asked if the grant could be used to improve the Possum Palace, where the council has been shopping for a set of new doors for the main auditorium.



Riley said it is possible, and mentioned that the city skate park also needs work.



“Kids have complained that there aren’t any jumps out there,” she said.



“That’s because we ran out of money when we were building it,” Phillips said.