Alleys Not in La Crosse Plow Sights
City of Lacrosse Elves??
City of La Crosse employees are showing the true spirit of the holiday season by donating toys, gifts and gift certificates to families in need this holiday season. Earlier this fall members of the City of La Crosse Human Resources Department contacted the School District of La Crosse to get a list of students and families that could use some extra support this holiday season. Since then, the pile of gifts has turned to a mountain in the Human Resources office.
Big Changes Coming To Fort McCoy
"They are going to still do what they do".......the words of Fort McCoy spokesperson Linda Fournier after WIZM news found out that they will no longer be a mobilization station next year.
After the government drawback of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan was announced a few months ago, 2 mobilization bases were notified that their training would be scaled back. So what does that mean for Fort McCoy?
Fournier says NO they are not closing........but yes 200 contracted jobs will be lost.....as well as many extra military personnel that were housed in the area for the training of the troops. A financial impact could be felt but she says it's way to early to tell. After September the base will go back to a typical day to day operation........ 3 thousand people working and 4 thousand soldiers training at the base.
Hunger Garden Really Grows
It may sit empty now.......but next year the Kane Street Community Garden in Lacrosse will again produce close to 32 thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables. At least Shelly Krause hopes it will after a bumper crop this year. So how do you take care of a garden that size with only one half time paid position.1500 volunteers.
The Hunger Task Force now serves 57 food programs in the area. This past August, they had already surpassed the total distributed pounds from the year before. Krause says this past summer they even got a helping hand from Drew Johnson, who set out to travel to the forty-eight contiguous United States in forty-eight weeks doing a variety of volunteer/service work in each state
Mayor Says Zero Tax Hike Sends Important Message
In the end, not many property tax bills in the city of La Crosse are going to stagnate this year. But there is that one line that reads, zero percent increase. That's the city's portion of tax bills. And that zero hike in property taxes has been a priority for mayor Matt Harter since he took office. Make it two years in a row that the mayor's delivered. More than anything, he says, the lack of a levy increase sends a message that city hall is on the same side with the taxpayers in La Crosse. He also says the zero percent property tax levy hike is not an accomplishment of his, necessarily, but one of the city council for working towards a zero increase.