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An overnight cooling center will be available tonight from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am at the Salvation Army location at 223 N. 8th Street. Residents are asked to call 2-1-1 for further information. A cool place and cots are
provided. You are expected to bring bedding and personal medications. NO PETS are allowed. All visitors will be screened with a breathalyzer test. Emergency management and public health officials urge you to take steps to prevent serious illness that can result from heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic medical conditions. Some health conditions such as obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. For more information about extreme heat, contact your community resource line by dialing 2-1-1.
A car fire fee may or may not go into place in the West Salem fire district after a vote this week by the village board. The board voted down the proposed five hundred dollar car fire fee on Tuesday after an appeal by the volunteer fire department which contends, among other things, the fee will discourage people from calling about a car fire until it's too late. The fire district board along with the towns of Barre and Hamilton have already approved the fee, however, so it's unclear whether it will still take effect despite the West SAlem village board vote. The fee would only be charged for those car fires that occur along state-maintained highways.
Today marks six weeks since a couple of high level city employees in La Crosse were escorted from city hall. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community development administrator Liana Escott have been on paid administrative leave since May 24th. The city won't say why the two have been suspended, only that the case remains under investigation. Kisken is still listed as the municipal prosecutor on the city's website. Escott, however, is not listed. The two will continue to receive full compensation while suspended, none of which will have to be returned.
La Crosse's garbage hauler says he's okay with the city's new trash rules. Gary Harter owns Harter's Quick Clean Up. He thinks the newly adopted regulations will keep the city cleaner and he doesn't even mind the new mandate for all garbage to be in containers
Besides the new container-only rule, the city also has new restrictions on how many large items can get tossed out at once and prohibits scavenging without permission.
The Holmen Fire Department has imposed a burn ban until further notice...
It affects an area of 84 square miles, including a large part of Lake Onalaska. Fire chief Doug Schober says open burning, including campfires and burn barrels, will be prohibited until the Holmen area gets significant rain for a day or two. Limits will be put on outdoor cooking fires.