WAUSAU – The first reading of an ordinance concerning the proposed budget for the Town of Wausau for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was approved when the Wausau Town Council met in regular session August 9.

The proposed budget is set at $361,500, with the largest revenue source coming from the water department totaling $169,300. This year's proposed budget is down about $120,000 from last year due to grants being closed out according to Town Clerk Margaret Riley.

“Our budget is reflecting what is the norm for Wausau this year,” said Riley. “We have closed out our grants so they are no longer reflected in our budget.”

The final reading and adoption of the proposed budget are set to be held at 6 p.m. on September 13.

Engineer Cliff Knauer updated the council on the status of plans for the Fire Department construction project. Knauer advised the plans were being sent to electrical engineers and would then be transmitted to the state for approval. The town is ahead of schedule with the deliverables on the project at this point in time according to Knauer.

Also, the long-awaited splash pad has been completed and opened to the public on August 3. The pad is located at the Possum Palace Park and will be operational during daylight hours only. A grand opening will be held but a date has yet to be announced as of press time.

Wausau Town Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on September 13.