New Bicycle and Pedestrian Street Safety Commission members confirmed
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — After a language change to the ordinance, members of the newly formed Bicycle and Pedestrian Street Safety Commission (BPSSC) have been confirmed.
Last month, Mayor Mike Wiza made recommendations for the members who would make up the commission to essentially replace the former Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), though two spots saw no qualified candidates. According to Wiza, this was based on the way the ordinance was written, which specifically asks for a safety educator and bike-friendly business owner to be a part of the commission.
However, this has now been changed to accept recommended members from other members within the former BPAC.
According to the ordinance, the language will be changed from “‘The commission should include’ to ‘Preference consideration will be given to appointees who have a background as’ — an engineer or planner, pedestrian and bicycle safety advocate, bicycle friendly business owner, safety educator, alderperson, and a non-voting Community Development or Public Works staff liaison.”
The following members were confirmed to the BPSSC:
Alder Mary McComb – 2100 Elk Street (Aldermanic Term)
Michael O’Meara – 1809 Clark Street (3 year term-Expires 04/30/21)
Trevor Roark – 601 Washington Ave. (3 year term-Expires 04/30/21)
Bill Fehrenbach – 1408 Wisconsin St. (3 year term–Expires 04/30/21)
Anne Rogalski – 4909 Beaver Dam Rd. (3 year term–Expires 04/30/21)
Janis Borski (Alternate) – 5127 Walton Road (3 year term–Expires 04/30/21)
The vote passed unanimously.