PSC Approves Lower Xcel Rate Increase
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.
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.
One Dead in Trempealeau County Crash
One dead and one arrested in a one car crash in Trempealeau county last night. Trempealeau county cops say late last night the car was on highway 93, then went into a ditch, hit a driveway, went airborne and came to rest in a field. Lots of damage to the car, cops say. 19 year-old Dillon Pederson declared dead at the scene. 30 year-old James Pederson was arrested and alcohol is considered to be factor in the accident. Both Pedersons are from Minneapolis.