Late For Work Permission Slip
Frustrated with all the road construction in La Crosse? Is your boss angry because the congestion is making you late for work? Then print off this handy permission slip and hand it your boss, compliments of WIZM!
At stake with a vote this week by the La Crosse city hall: $12 million of development just outside city limits in the town of Shelby. The city council can deny the development. Obviously with that in mind, the Shelby town board has agreed in principle on an agreement to help pay for city services. But the planned development is worth it for the town. And the La Crosse school district, says Shelby town chair, Tim Candahl. The state gives cities like La Crosse zoning jurisdiction over areas within three miles of city limits. Just like the planned Willow Heights subdivision in Shelby.
When local governments are forced to make budget cuts, they sometimes move the work of one agency to another. As a result, some county jails are becoming mental health clinics, according to La Crosse County jail therapist Steve Josephson. He says this county's jail often has to find ways to deal with prisoners who experience depression or anxiety. But Josephson tells a county law enforcement committee that the needs of mentally ill prisoners are being met. He says in some cases, inmates can be released from jail quickly if they're able to get therapy on the outside.
Campbell's town board could vote tonight to end a year-long drought without a full-time police chief on duty. It was a year ago this week that former chief Tim Kelemen was placed on leave for using the internet to harass a critic of the town government. Kelemen was off the job for five months before leaving his post in November. This evening, the board will interview a second candidate for chief, Brian Puent. Drew Gavrilos met with the board last week, but supervisors also wanted to hear from Puent before making a final decision.
Most folks that are following politics know that a presidential race is just around the corner. So it seems odd to others that the 2018 governors race being discussed. Not to the state democratic party, who gave their nod to Senator Kathleen Vinehout last weekend. UW-L Political Professor Joe Heim says yes the governors race is three and a half years away......but their may be some intentions behind bringing the race up this early. Vinehout has run for governor once already and a bad car crash last year put a damper on a second run.
Candidates are not rushing to fill an empty seat on the La Crosse city council. No one has applied yet for the 5th district vacancy, left when Katherine Svitavsky recently graduated from U-W-L and moved out of town. People who are interested in serving on the council from July until next April have until the afternoon of June 22nd to apply with the city clerk's office. Clerk Teri Lehrke says the council would have to decide on a way to fill the seat if no candidates file papers.