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For awhile, that trolley was really something in downtown La Crosse. Great for giving historic tours around town. That was two summers ago. Before the city realized its streetcar-bus hybrid wasn't getting used in a way that was acceptable to the feds. "It was purchased with federal dollars and the regulations on the city for using it as something other than public transit is the reason it's not getting used," says MTU boss Keith Carlson. So, now, the trolley's going bye-bye. Not a simple thing, says Carlson. The same federal money that went into the trolley also makes it difficult to get rid of.
A much smaller apartment building plan for Onalaska. Developers who had planned a three-story, 90 unit building at Locust and Oak Avenue North have succumbed to public pressure and cut plans by about a third. Onalaska city planner Jason Gilman believes the new, smaller development answers issues involving things like increased traffic and negative effects on neighboring properties. The new plans call for a 60 unit development.
All the people waiting to collect money from Skipperliner in La Crosse may have to keep waiting for a while...
The attorney for the town of Campbell, Brent Smith, says the appointment of a third receiver for Skipperliner does not make the settlement of company debts go faster than before. Campbell is owed 300-thousand dollars or more in loans paid to Skipperliner, before the factory closed in late April. One bank is suing to get back close to four million dollars from Skipperliner, which is still in the market for a new owner.
You almost believe that by the time Mike Larsen's temporary replacement's approved, she won't be needed. It seems to be going that way so far in the effort to fill the ailing Larsen's seventh district city council seat in La Crosse. First committee vote to approve Jacie Gamroth for the seat is split with a loud and almost angry 'no' vote coming from council member Andrea Richmond. She's essentially calling the temporary appointment a hijacking of democracy. She wants to instead refine city rules to define jsut when a temporary replacement is needed on the council and hold off on appointing anyone to Larsen's seat since he's supposed to return to the council in November.