Kondracki Retirement Today
Final day on the job for La Crosse's top cop. Chief Ed Kondracki retires after 19 years. Although he still has unfinished business. Especially when it comes to the city's growing drug problem
Along with his time in the Milwaukee police department, Kondracki has spent a total of 47 years in law enforcement.
Phosphorous Mandates Could Cost Sewage Customers Millions
Think you're paying alot in water and sewer charges now? Just wait until La Crosse has to upgrade the sewage treatment plant to deal with increased restrictions on phosphorous releases. It's plenty of equipment and facility upgrades. Very costly, according to the most recent estimates city water utility manager Mark Johnson has received
Sewage treatment plant improvements could be required to deal with the phosphorous mandates in just a few years.
Kind Watching Posyal Reform Bill
The U.S. Senate this week approved a bill that calls for refunding the multi billion overpayment to the United States Postal workers pension fund, closing post offices nationwide, and cutting delivery to 5 days a week within 2 years. Those that voted for it say it's not a bail out. We talked with U.S. Representative Ron Kind of La Crosse about his feelings on the bill.
In the portion of the amendment that addresses processing centers like the one set for closure in La Crosse, the bill requires the postal service to maintain overnight service for items mailed to another address in the same service area. The House has yet to take up the measure and it may be two weeks before they do.
Some ATC Routes Set
The American Transmission Company wrapped up their latest round of public meetings last night and spokeswoman Sara Justice says they are still hearing from both sides of the high voltage power line project.
Justice says now the new comments will be taken back to the drawing board as the slim down of projected routes will continue until 2013. Then they will go to the Public Service Commission with their final plans for constructing the lines from north of La Crosse to Madison.
La Follette Brings Governor Campaign To La Crosse
Twenty years ago, Russ Feingold emerged as a surprise winner in the race for U-S Senate in Wisconsin, defeating better-known opponents who attacked each other and ignored him.
Doug La Follette is hoping for that same kind of underdog luck in his campaign for governor this year.
Democrat La Follette thinks he has a good chance to beat Walker, if some Republicans and independents vote for him. The secretary of state spent some time in downtown La Crosse this morning, meeting voters on the street and at the public library.