Lax Jail Population Going Down As Weather Gets Warmer
The start of spring sometimes means trouble for the La Crosse County jail, with more people getting arrested and locked up.
But not so far this spring. Captain Steve Anderson at the county jail says the daily population average is down by about 30 inmates from the March numbers. About 180 prisoners have been in the jail this week. Anderson is concerned about a rise in the numbers of inmates with mental health problems, or drug issues, who are occupying beds. He says the high number of inmates going through detox has the jail nurses 'running...ragged,' having to add more work to their normal jail duties.
Riverside Farmer's Market Set
Warmer spring weather means the start of farmer's markets can't be too far
Deal to Quit for Arrested Cop
An agreement to remove a police officer from the force in La Crosse
Mobil Site Clean-up Depends on City Plans
Someday, what was once known as the Mobil Oil site in La Crosse could be the city's grand new development.
But that someday seems quite a ways away. The city council this month will consider hiring a consultant to help deal with environmental clean-up at the former industrial site between Copeland avenue and the Black River. But that might be premature. The DNR tells us that the city will have to come up with a plan for what it wants to do with the site before a plan for environmental clean-up by Exxon-Mobil can be created. Just now the city is beginning the process of planning for use. Basically, the DNR tells us, Exxon-Mobil is on the hook for clean-up. But the company isn't sure how much clean-up it will have to do.
Remodel Planned for Fire Station
No jacuzzis or saunas for firefighters. No additional recreation area or sleeping quarters at the fifth and Market fire station in La Crosse. A coming million dollar remodel for the station won't be anything too much fancier than a floor replacement for the maintenance shop. And that absolutely has to be done says fire chief, Gregg Cleveland. Over time and with moisture and salt coming in from the streets, the concrete on the floor has deteriorated, exposing rebar and rendering the entire floor unusable. And making things a little hairy for the inspection offices underneath. In the coming remodel project, those offices will be updated as well.