Ethics Board Debating O'Malley's Future
Steve O'Malley's future as La Crosse County administrator is in the hands of a county ethics board...
Members of that board held a two-hour hearing today, to decide whether O'Malley violated ethics rules by supporting the campaign for a La Crosse city administrator. An attorney for critics who filed the ethics complaint says O'Malley is not allowed to participate in a political campaign of any sort on work time. O'Malley argues that much of his job, finding ways to benefit the county, is political. The plaintiffs want O'Malley to be found guilty, and be ordered to pay fines or be fired. The board has not indicated whether it will make a ruling today.
Cooling Center Changes Address For Tonight---UPDATE
Change of plans, for anyone who might want to visit the Salvation Army 'cooling center' in La Crosse tonight...
The county health department tells us that there are technical problems at the Salvation Army, so a different site will be used...14th and Pine, at the United Campus Ministry. There will be cots for about 20 people there. It's not known yet whether a cooling center will be needed again for Friday night.
You are expected to bring bedding and personal medications. NO PETS are allowed. All visitors will be screened with a breathalyzer test.
Garbage Contractor Fine With New Rules
La Crosse's garbage hauler says he's okay with the city's new trash rules. Gary Harter owns Harter's Quick Clean Up. He thinks the newly adopted regulations will keep the city cleaner and he doesn't even mind the new mandate for all garbage to be in containers
Besides the new container-only rule, the city also has new restrictions on how many large items can get tossed out at once and prohibits scavenging without permission.
Loggers Juggling Success and Uncertainty
Midway through the season, the La Crosse Loggers are flying high, securing the first half pennant in the Northwoods league. After the season, things might get more interesting. The city and the Loggers recently agreed to a lease extension for Copeland Park so the team can continue playing there next season. Negotiations for an agreement to go beyond that likely will begin after the current season is over. Meanwhile, nothing has been firmed up about the possibility of the UWL baseball team using the park as their home field. A partnership between the Loggers and UWL was announced this spring, but the city would have to approve and has yet to discuss an arrangement with the university.
Weeks Pile Up for Suspended La Crosse Employees
Today marks six weeks since a couple of high level city employees in La Crosse were escorted from city hall. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community development administrator Liana Escott have been on paid administrative leave since May 24th. The city won't say why the two have been suspended, only that the case remains under investigation. Kisken is still listed as the municipal prosecutor on the city's website. Escott, however, is not listed. The two will continue to receive full compensation while suspended, none of which will have to be returned.