FFRF Plans Nativity Scene of Their Own
The Freedom from Religion group is looking for some equal time. The group will counter a nativity scene set up in the capitol building in Madison with their own non-religious take on the nativity
Patrick Elliott is an attorney for Freedom from Religion. The group got their permit for a display yesterday and he expects it to go up today.
PSC Approves Lower Xcel Rate Increase
It's not official yet, but the Wisconsin Public Service Commmission has given its verbal approval to a rate increase for Xcel energy that will raise gas and electric rates for the power company's customers. Xcel says their preliminary study of the approved rate increase finds that the average residential user will see their electric bills go up by $ 1.60 per month and gas up $1.25 per month. The rate increase of a couple percentage points was less than the company was looking for .
Shift in Wrecker Policy a Possibility in La Crosse
Local companies stand to pick up some business, based on what the La Crosse city council does in the coming month.
The council is deciding whether to limit tow companies on the city's 'wrecker of the week' list to just those based in La Crosse. Which is only what other cities and villages do already, says Craig Redenbaugh with Craig's Towing in La Crosse
If the change is approved by the council, those companies getting one week rotations as 'wrecker of the week' would go from nine to about five.
Harter Vetoes Added Firefighter Job
Another veto from La Crosse's mayor...
This time, Mayor Matt Harter is rejecting the city council's plan to add a temporary firefighter position. In his veto message, Harter says he thinks the fire department is overstaffed, and he wants to reduce the minimum staff levels for the department. The mayor says any changes to the fire department size should wait until after an operations review committee completes a study of firefighting in La Crosse.
Fight Over City Administrator Begins Tonight in La Crosse
Tonight the city council debate about a city administrator begins in La Crosse.
A proposal getting committee hearing tonight would add a top manager to city hall and strip duties from the mayor. Councilman Dick Swantz says the proposal is not targeted at current mayor Matt Harter
Swantz says a city administrator certainly would not come without costs, but he believes the position would also make government run more effectively and make for better long range planning in the city.