Council Approves Fire Department Hiring
By a nearly unanimous vote, the La Crosse city council has approved hiring several new firefighters. The council heard from many in a packed city council chambers Tuesday night. Mostly firefighters urged the council to agree to the new hires despite the mayor's objections, suggesting that emergency protection suffers without adequate protection. The vote does nothing to counteract the mayor's recent order to end overtime spending in the fire department.
La Crosse Schools to Announce New Superintendent
The School District of La Crosse Board of Education will announce the new Superintendent of Schools at a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11th at 12:15p.m. The press conference will be held in the auditorium of the Hogan Administrative Center.
City Attorney: Mayor Has Authority For Overtime Move
The La Crosse mayor is the boss. At least the boss of the fire department. That's the opinion of city attorney Stephen Matty regarding mayor Matt Harter's directive to fire chief Gregg Cleveland last week to suspend overtime use in the department. The city council asked whether the mayor had the authority to issue such a directive. The opinion from Matty says state statutes give the mayor that authority and that can only be changed through a change in city ordinances.
Hidden Heat Warming Up
The Wisconsin Professional Police Association might oppose letting people carry concealed weapons. For them that would be a first. The group has been neutral about it in the past, because of differing views among officers in larger-and-smaller communities. But one of two new bills would not require state permits to carry hidden heat.
This come as a surprise to Hubert Hoffman, of Onalaska. Hoffman is the vice president of Wisconsin Carry, a two-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and expanding gun rights.
Senate Republican Pam Galloway of Wausau and Assembly Republican Jeff Mursau of Crivitz have drafted two bills for concealed carry. They say they’ll push the one which gets the most support at public hearings set for Thursday in Wausau and Madison. Hoffman says he will be in attendance at both hearings.
A Robbery? Really, Happy Man?
A guy in La Crosse this week-end says he was robbed. Cops appear skeptical. Police say the guy's staying at a motel near downtown. He claims he was jumped at bartime on Sunday while he was drunkenly stumbling around the motel parking lot. Cops say it seems sketchy because the guy is pretty vague about describing the three thugs who apparently took his stuff and, police say, he had a bit of a carefree attitude while being questioned about the robbery. Did the robbery actually happen? Hard to say, but the guy is missing his money, keys and ID.