City Reserve Fund Will Take Hit From Storm
The city of La Crosse reserve cash fund is about to take a sizable hit. City public works director Dale Hexom says the surplus will likely get tapped to pay the estimated half million dollars in bills for response to last month's tornado. Lots of stuff to pay for like sidewalks, clean-up, repairs to the Green Island Ice Arena and overtime for police and fire.
The city currently is looking for bids on repairing 45 hundred square feet of sidewalks damaged in the storm, mostly by the couple hundred trees that ripped up chunks of concrete as they fell during the storm.
Vets Park Ready for Changes
Now that the northside yard waste drop-off has shut down, the facelift on one of La Crosse's parks can begin in earnest. Veteran's Memorial off of Clinton is getting ready for big changes. Mostly expanding the athletic fields, says city parks boss, Steve Carlyon. He says the plan is to expand the current three soccer fields and add softball and little league baseball fields. The park will also get fishing piers and a new tree memorial to veterans. Carlyon expects the whole process to proceed over two or more years.
Tickets for Pot Passes in La Crosse
Under a new rule adopted by the La Crosse city council this week, you'll still get in trouble for carrying a bag of pot in your pants. Maybe just not as much trouble. The council has agreed to allow police to write tickets for marijuana possession. Wrong move, assistant police chief, Tom Jacobs told the council last night. The police view, he says, is that allowing for tickets sends a message that the city is softening its attitude on marijuana. That perceived attitude adjustment, Jacobs says, merely increases drug usage. Under the new ordinance, 50% of ticket revenue would go to fund DARE programs in the city.
Get Yer Chickens Here
First thing Natalie Rose Kemp is going to do is get a license and go get her chickens back.
Kemp is the woman who started the drive for backyard chickens in La Crosse when she found out the ones she was keeping in her yard were there illegally. The city council now has agreed to try allowing backyard birds for two years. Kemp sees attitudes mellowing towards hens by the anti-chicken crowd in that time through responsible chicken ownership and continued community education.
La Crosse is just the latest in a list of Wisconsin cities giving approval to keeping backyard hens.
Billboard Moratorium Gets Council Backing
The sign company, Olympus Media, is asking the city of La Crosse for permits to put up new electronic billboards in the city. The company will have to wait awhile even if they get the permits. The city council has passed a one year moratorium on the big LED signs in order to study how they are used. The current city ordinance covering electronic billboards require that a certain number of conventional billboards come down for every electronic one that goes up. Opponents of the signs, however, pointed to the new electronic billboard on highway 16 just outside city limits as an example for why the city shouldn't have any of the signs. They complained the billboards were just too distracting and ugly