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The La Crosse city council has its eyes turned towards the bluff this week. The council has approved the creation of a committee to sit down with surrounding towns and hash out some kind of agreement about repairing Bliss Road. The road to Grandad Bluff has been washed out for weeks. The council has also agreed to accept a DNR grant to help fund a spendy reconstruction of the park at the top of the bluff. the timing of the decisions leading to the possibility that Grandad Bluff Park might be done right about the same time the only city road to the park is back in service.
The future of La Crosse's downtown crouton factory is unclear, now that a big bread company is buying some bakery holdings from Sara Lee.
The deal between Sara Lee and Grupo Bimbo, worth nearly a billion dollars, was announced yesterday. Sara Lee is the latest owner of the bakery that has operated on Cass Street for decades. Tim Kabat of Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated is happy to have the factory in the central city, although its location next to Cameron Park may not please everyone.
Grupo Bimbo is based in Mexico, and already makes familiar American products such as Thomas's English Muffins. Bimbo reportedly is interested in expanding its U-S operations.
Right about this time next year, garbage gas will be keeping it warm at a local medical clinic. Approvals are in place for a three million dollar gas pipeline from the La Crosse county landfill. La Crosse county sustainability coordinator, Nick Nichols says the methane gas will get pumped underground to the Gundersen Lutheran clinic in Onalaska. The clinic will use the gas for electricity and heating. Marks the first time the methane that the landfill produces has been used for anything productive. It's two miles of six-inch gas pipeline, buried five feet down.
As city council committees go, this one is about as hard hitting as they get. It's the one that could be approved by the full La Crosse council tonight. A committee to nail down with surrounding towns some solutions for fixing Bliss Road, the damaged city road that winds up to Grandad Bluff. The city wants some help paying for the road because it's largely people living outside of the city who use it. Shelby town board chair Lynnetta Kopp says she's heard about the city's desires but only through the media and has not been approached recently about the town putting in for repairs. The committee would be made up of the mayor, the city council president, the chairs of all three major sitting council committees, and the council member whose district includes Bliss Road.