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It's a turning point for a big piece of La Crosse land this week. The city council votes on whether to turn 160 acres of blufftop conservation land into a city park. If they make that decision, the land is forever off limits to development. But it stays a unique recreational tourist draw, argues outdoor activist and businessman, Marvin Wanders. And that's money in the bank for the city
The city purchased the land from the UW system nearly fifty years ago with the understanding it would always be accessible to the public.
Multiple referendums could face La Crosse voters in April. One will ask whether the city should have a top administrator. But three advisory referendum questions could get approval this week by the city council. With all of them focused on billboards
Bob Seaquist heads the committee charged with coming up with new sign rules in the city. The city's been under an electronic sign moratorium for months while the committee has worked on the new rules.
In calendar year 2010, Drug Task Forces in Wisconsin initiated over 1500 new investigations and out of those, hundreds of arrests and prosecutions have taken place. But to do all that you need funding. The Western Wisconsin Drug Task Force, which covers 5 local counties and 17 agencies, will recieve over $36 thousand in funding this year.....but according to Jeff Wolf, it's a huge cut from years past.
Wisconsin's 18 Drug Task Forces cover 56 of the state's 72 counties, and eight of Wisconsin's 11 tribes. They will all share in over $1 million in federal funding this year.
The La Crosse county treasurer's office is willing to work with deadbeats. Or anyone else who happens to owe the county back property taxes. And it's a list. Over two thousand who owe at the end of 2011. Total tax debt: Over four million dollars. The treasurer's office tells us all they can do is try to arrange payment plans for those who are behind or--after two years--begin the foreclosure process. The $4.2 million owed at the end of last year is seven hundred thousand more than was owed in the county at the end of 2010 and more than double the delinquency of 2007.
There are some things that just seem to make more sense when you've been drinking heavily. Which might explain the actions of four young guys this week-end in La Crosse. Apparently all of them hammered, three of them underage. Came back to the Vine street apartment of one of the guys early morning Saturday. But on the way, amused themselves by kicking in the doors of several other apartments. Scared several people and destroyed doors and doorframes. They arrested three, still looking for the fourth guy.