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Taken a good look at your La Crosse water bill recently? The new fire hydrant charge should be on there. For most in La Crosse, it's an additional eight bucks or so on your bill that's new this year. It's to pay for adequate water flow in fire emergencies, says city public works director, Dale Hexom. The amount of the fire charge is based on the size of water meters. And normally tax exempt properties are not exempt from the new utility charge
LaCrosse county will use stimulus money to fund three green projects. Last night the LaCrosse county board passed a resolution to bring in over 219 thousand dollars in grant money to help pay for a solar water heater in the jail and at Lakeview Care Center. That will take up two hundred grand of the grant. The remainder will be used to help rotary lights chance to energy efficient L.E.D. bulbs. Even though the measure passed board members who opposed funding for the rotary lights project cited reasons such as the lights aren't american made, the light display doesn't cover all religions and a few others don't like the idea of the county picking and choosing which charities get money.
Tammy Cole will need a lot of money to leave the Monroe County jail, following her arrest for the murder of a Tomah man...one million dollars.
District Attorney Dan Cary asked for that million-dollar bond ar Cole's first court hearing today in Sparta. Cole is accused of killing Vance Evans, while visiting his home in late April. The Illinois woman claims the shooting was an accident. Cole will be back in court on June 29th.
No, you haven't seen the fastest federal response during the gulf oil spill. But La Crosse congressman Ron Kind sees that changing. Although he cautions against feeling too much optimism about immediate results. He says, with a disaster of this magnitude, if resources are tossed at it indiscriminately, there's bound to be shortcomings in results. Kind says, although the clean-up is finally beginning to show progress, it's demoralizing to those involved when they know that ever more oil is spilling daily into the gulf.