Metro Wire Staff
A billboard advertisement asks passersby at Park and Division streets to “vote common sense.”
The ad’s message seems to suggest the anonymous advertiser believes there are “enough white lines” in Stevens Point, possibly referencing a year-old 13-mile network of bicycle lanes around the city.
Last June, the City Council approved a contract to the lone bidder Century Fence to install the bicycle lanes about $226,000 over budget. Eighty percent of the project’s $685,480.82 price tag was covered by a WisDOT Transportation Alternative Program grant.
The sign could also be referencing an upcoming rebuild of the Bus. 51 corridor in Stevens Point, which includes a four-to-three conversion, also known as a road diet, in some places along the north-south arterial road. The final design for that project hasn’t yet been approved.
Neither issue is on the April 6 ballot, nor is any issue relating to “white lines.”
Voters on Tuesday will cast ballots for City Council; at-large positions of city attorney, city treasurer, city clerk; the Stevens Point Area Public School Board; and the state superintendent of public instruction. A referendum question on clean water legislation is also included on the ballot.
There was no identifying information on the billboard, but District 9 challenger Brian Beaulieu, who is opposing Councilwoman Polly Dalton, has confirmed the billboard wasn’t his.
Marla Schultz, who is challenging District 5 Councilwoman Meleesa Johnson, also said the advertisement did not come from her campaign.