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Monroe County Board Goes No Where
It was meant to finally answer questions of where, when and how much when talking about a new Monroe County Justice Center. After 4 hours Tuesday night, the Special Meeting of the Monroe County Board was summed up by supervisor, Gale Champman. "We wasted $1000 of taxpayer money tonight and 24 grown adults sat here for 4 hours and did nothing".
8 discussion points were on the table....things ranging from justice programs, cost, locations and jail remodeling and expansion needs. Only 2 points actually made it to discussion....and after they were brought up.....several resolutions were brought up as well....picked apart......then voted down....leaving the talking points where they lay....on paper. It all comes on the heels of a study done in 2007 that stated the courthouse and jail had serious security issues and more jail beds and space were needed.
Supervisor Brian Buswell stated that not since 1896 when the courthouse in Sparta was built....has any board ever thought about future needs. Small remodels and additions were done on 3 separate occasions, but Buswell said that is not even close to being enough. And after saying the issue of expansion has gone no where in 21 years......he questions now....whether anything will ever get done.
No word on any other specials meetings for the board in the near future.
Eco Park Plans Have Changed in La Crosse
Originally, there was going to be otters. And mountain lions. Bears. Bobcats. A whole mess of birds. That was what the EcoPark in La Crosse was going to look like when plans were presented to get rid of the old zoo in the park and turn it into something indigenous. And then there was big fundraising problems. Which have apparently become big enough for plans to change at the park. Now, the park apparently will have no otters, or mountain lions, or pretty much any other animal. Although the Eco-Park will continue to be an interactive educational facility. Parks board president and city council member John Satory says he likes the new plans for the Eco-Park but is a little disappointed that the otters aren't going to be there.
"Smoke" Reappears, Busted on Two Year-Old Charge
When you promise police to help them out to stay out of trouble, best to follow through. A course of action apparently lost on Alan Laughlin. La Crosse guy, nicknamed "Smoke." A couple years ago, police nabbed Smoke for dealing pot. Said, if they let him go, he'd help cops bust a dealer higher up the food chain . Never did. So, when police caught up to the 34 year-old Laughlin a few days ago, he wasn't surprised that he'd have to face up to that two year old drug dealing charge. At the time of his original arrest, Laughlin claimed the several bags of pot he had on him were for personal use.
Menard's Pays Price For Onalaska Dumping
Suppose you work for a big hardware store, and discover one winter day that some packages of chemicals broke open in the cold weather.
You can't sell the chemicals, but you're not sure how to get rid of those big herbicide popsicles. Until you notice that huge pile of snow left over from plowing the store parking lot. If you put the icy chemicals on the pile, they'll melt along with the snow, and then run off. Problem solved...until the D-N-R finds out what happened. The Menard's store in Onalaska got caught dumping frozen chemicals that way four years ago. Now, the state has ordered Menard's to pay a 30-thousand dollar fine for illegal disposal of hazardous wastes. The company also has to tell all of its store managers the proper way to get rid of herbicides and pesticides...which requires putting the chemicals in leak-proof containers. No more using the parking lot snow pile as a dump.