City Hauler Says Automated Garbage Will Cost More
In part, the idea with new recommendations on garbage collection for the cities of La Crosse and Onalaska is to make the process more efficient and cost effective. To that end, the idea about doing automated collection with big 96 gallon carts might not be the best way to go about things, says Gary Harter, who has the collection contracts for both cities. He says automated pick-up isn't the cheapest process
With the lowest current garbage collection costs in the state, Harter figures any changes in garbage collection in La Crosse and Onalaska will only be more expensive.
Police Get Face Time on Facebook
Who are the police officers in your city? La Crosse will attempt an answer to that. The city police department is starting something new on the department's Facebook page. "Get to Know Your Officers." In an announcement about the new program, the department cites retirements and turnover in the department as reason to highlight members of the department on Facebook. First up: Chief Ed Kondracki. His picture, a brief bio, and the chief's favorite motto, "Focus on the Positive."
Boating Season In La Crosse Draws Near
The La Crosse Park and Rec. Department is getting a jump start on the boating season today.
Jay Odegaard says the fee schedule for annual boat permits is $10 for residents and $15 for non residents. You can purchase them at the park and rec office, the South Side Neighborhood center or the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center.
Lull in Supreme Court Justice Does Not Mean Investigation is Over
An attempt by the legislature to remove a Wisconsin state supreme court justice has ended. But justice Michael Gableman still could face some punishment for ethical lapses. From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Mike McCabe says the judicial commission is considering how Gableman failed to divulge free legal help he got from a law firm but still ruled on cases in which the firm was a part. Probably shouldn't have done that, says McCabe
Gableman got the free legal help to deal with a previous accusation of judicial misconduct.
Highway 16 Study Well Underway
It's always nice when an area business chips in and helps pay for a study of local roads in the area. Just ask Onalaska City Engineer Jarrod Holter.
The DOT says the city is obligated to modify the traffic lanes on Highway 16 at the South Kinney Coulee Road intersection if and when traffic conditions warrant. Well it is warranted and the study is underway to try and alleviate some of the traffic back up's that have been occuring the past couple of years. Actual construction of turn lane changes is estimated to cost about $115 thousand, which has been included in the city’s 2012 capital improvements budget.