County Mulls Over Billboard Ordinance
Lacrosse County Supervisor, Bill Feehan, is disagreeing with a sign ordinance currently being drafted by his counterparts. At issue..........if the ordinance passes it will become an economic nightmare.
Part of the ordinance would not allow existing billboards to be converted to digital ones, would keep electronic signs at least 500 feet from a residential district, have to hold a message for one hour, and digital signs would turn off from midnight until 6 a.m., unless the business is still open. Topics that will be up for discussion at a public hearing Monday night. It's being held at the Onalaska Omni Center at 6pm.
Osseo-Fairchild Changes School Nickname
The Chieftains are out..........the Thunder is in. Osseo-Fairchild High School has a new nickname now after the state ordered them to drop the indian nickname. Superintendent, Dennis Geissler (GEES-LER) says the process of getting a new name was open to the public. And many suggestions came in.
A state law adopted last year allows those offended by Indian team names to complain to the state Department of Public Instruction and if the DPI finds that the name is discriminatory, the affected school district has a year to come up with something else. Osseo-Fairchild was the first in the state ordered to chainge thier nickname.
Downtown Retailers Waiting For You
Downtown Lacrosse retailers are hoping the 10 days of Christmas event coming up on the 15th will be a huge draw for shoppers looking for that special or last minute item. Downtown Mainstreet's Tim Kabat says since the 2 major holiday shopping days are here and gone.......retailers are hoping they become the focal point of shopping now.
Downtown stores are offering extended hours during the 10 Days of Christmas from December 15th though the 24th.
Warming Center About To Heat Up
La Crosse's winter warming center is located in the basement of the First Baptist Church on West Main Street. It can accomodate around 15 people. And with overnight temp's in the single digits forecasted this week.......the center wil probably have to turn people away. Not something Karen Becker with Catholic Charities wants to see happen. And the stories of what people do when they have no place to stay....she says can be heartbreaking.
The project is a collaboration of congregations, social services and community members to offer homeless adults who don't qualify for shelters a warm, safe place to stay during the cold winter nights. It's open until March 31st.
Was Stratman Paid This Whole Time
Lacrosse County Deputy, Trisha Stratman avoided any punishment for her role in the death of Holmen teen Brandon Jennings, besides being fired from her job. But how much money did she make while the whole ordeal of charges and courts was going on? Almost $28 thousand.
Stratman was involved in the crash that killed Jennings in July of 2010. Charges were filed against her this past January and she went on a personal leave in February. When she returned back to work, she was on light duty work until she was fired in August. Stratman appealed her firing and state law requires sheriff's deputies continue receiving full pay and benefits until the appeals process is finished.
Stratman lost her appeal and was officially taken off the county payrolls on October 8th. An arbitrator with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission will determine whether there was just cause for the firing, but no date has been set for the hearing.