Water Rate Increase Large But Due, says Utility
2002 was the city's last water rate hike. The city council will have to agree to the water increase.
The water utility has received increases in sewer rates and, late in 2010, instituted a new fire hydrant fee.
Bartender Health Improves After Smoking Ban
The stated idea behind Wisconsin's workplace smoking ban was pretty straightforward: Improve the health of workers. Apparently going pretty well. A new study finds bartenders suffering a lot less from smoking ailments since the ban went into effect in the summer. Judi Zabel in the La Crosse county health department saw that one coming. She says the same thing happened after the cities of Appleton and Madison went smoke free in bars.
The bartenders in the study reported a 36% decrease in smoking related symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath.
Parade Marshals Sought
Oktoberfest, USA has announced the Parade Marshal Selection Committee is now accepting nominations for both the 2011 Maple Leaf and Torchlight Parade Marshals.
The selection committee, comprised of past Parade Marshals, will determine who will “lead the way” in the Maple Leaf and Torchlight Parades. An adult of any age or gender may be nominated! Official requirements are available on their website.
Completed nomination forms, along with any supporting information, may be dropped off at the Oktoberfest office located on the Southside Festgrounds at the corner of 2nd and La Crosse streets from Monday-Thursday during the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Entries may also be mailed via standard mail to: Oktoberfest USA, ATTN: Parade Marshal Nomination, PO Box 1716, La Crosse, WI 54602-1716. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 15, 2011.
The 2011 Parade Marshals will be announced on Monday, September 12, 2011.
Livable Neighborhoods Prez Says UWL Ramp Doesn't Solve a Thing
One of the reasons for a new parking ramp getting funded at UW La Crosse: problems with parking in neighborhoods surrounding the universities. And that really is a problem, says Charley Weeth who heads the group, Livable Neighborhoods. But probably won't be helped by a new ramp because it will cost money to park there whereas students and staff pay nothing to park on city streets. Weeth says, really want to help the parking problems around the school? Charge for parking on and off the campus. The governor's new capital budget includes $12 million for a 500 car parking ramp and a university police station at UWL.
Community Emergency Response Training Set in La Crosse County
People living around La Crosse may not have any tsunamis to worry about. But this spring is looking like a humdinger for floods. Timely then, that La Crosse county has set up some Community Emergency Response training for early next month. The training will be held over three days and will involve, among other things, fire safety, emergency medical response, and search and rescue. Because emergency responders might not be able to get everywhere at once during a large-scale emergency, the county says, better to have people all over the county trained on how to help out in their neighborhoods should the worst happen. http://www.alertlacrosse.org.