Onalaska Says No To Fund Study
La Crosse’s Committee of the Whole voted 14-1 Tuesday night in favor of paying $10 thousand towards a study of an I-90 Exit 3 proposal. One down three to go. Make that 2 down............the Onalaska City Council voted against paying $5000 for the study last night. Mayor Mike Giese explains why.
Even though the council voted 5-0 against the measure....Giese says he is in
favor of the study. The full La Crosse Common Council will have a final vote on
its $10 thousand share of the study Thursday.
The LAPC will decide next Wednesday and the county board next Thursday.
Vinehout Calls Out Governor On Family Care
Democratic Senator Kathleen Vinehout is calling out Governor Scott Walker on his plan to remove the cap on the state's Family Care plan. She says the financial numbers don't add up and has requested to see the books on the plan.
The state's long term care program for the elderly and disabled could soon
cover thousands of additional needy residents, if the Legislature approves the
$80 million expansion proposed by Walker.
Former Speaker Hastert Donates Farm to MVC
Another big conservation easement has led to a milestone for a local group. The Mississippi Valley Conservancy worked with former congressional Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to put his Crawford County farm into a permanent conservation easement. That four hundred acres means the MVC has gone over 14 thousand acres that have been conserved in a nine county region. Pretty big deal, says MVC director, Tim Jacobson
The Hastert farm is about five miles north of Prairie du Chien. It's a working farm and the Hasterts will continue to own it.
Onalaska Streetscape Project Now In Hands Of DOT
The final plans for Onalaska's 2nd Avenue/State Highway 35 reconstruction plans are off to the DOT.....with an early April construction date right around the corner. Deena Murphy says last May, the City got the ball rolling to develop the streetscape design for the Great River Road.
The project will enhance an 8 block area of the Hwy 35 corridor from Elm Street on the south to Poplar Street on the north, making the downtown area more attractive and friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists. The streetscape design is a key component of the Waterfront Master Plan.
Councilman Says Vote on Study Dictated by Calls
Jim Bloedorn says he's just listening to his constituents. The La Crosse city councilman says unfavorable phone calls explain his 'no' vote on funding a study for moving interstate exit 3
Bloedorn is the only council member to vote against putting city money towards a fifty thousand dollar study on the feasibility of shifting exit 3 to the east. Proponents think the shift will boost economic development on the northside.