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A water rate hike in La Crosse would take half as big of a bite out of your wallet for now if an agreement reached in the city council sticks this week. The water utility had hoped for the first water rate increase in nine years. One that would add 13 dollars per quarter to the average customer's bill, or, an increase of around thirty percent. But the city council wants to phase that increase in over a couple of years. Possible hitch in the plan: water utility manager Mark Johnson says the state's public Service Commission might turn down the half now, half later plan.
Thirty existing billboards may come down in La Crosse under a deal reached by city council members this week. The sign company, Olympus Media, has convinced the council to allow half of the amount of billboards to come down around the city as are supposed to under an ordinance allowing digital signs. Olympus, formerly Collins signs, wants to put up four big digital billboards. Depending on the size of the regular billboards, that could mean anywhere from eight to 30 will have to come down in exchange for the new electric signs.
In a few states, gas is already over four dollars a gallon. Wisconsin could be next. And then higher after that. Or maybe not. Really hard to predict, says Pam Moen with the Wisconsin AAA. Gas prices don't always follow a logical progression of supply and demand. She says current prices at the pump have been affected by crude oil prices, spurred higher by unrest in the mideast. She says, if the situation in Libya expands to other parts of the mideast then we could see the upward trend in oil and gas prices continue. But, Moen says, if mideast tensions dissipate, gas prices could recede as fast as they accelerated.
Chuck Norton is the current Director of Special Education in the Westby Area School District. He moved to the area in 2010 after accepting the position in Westby.
He spent 15 years in customer relations and management positions for an automotive company in California, before moving back to Wisconsin in 2000. Looks like a great move......and now a title change.
Norton was named the district's new Superintendent last night........to the liking of retiring super, Mike Murphy.
Norton beat out two other candidates and starts his new job July 1st.
A driver from Caledonia did not live very long after a semi smashed into her car from behind on the interstate yesterday.
Helen Johnson was 89. She died shortly after being taken to a La Crosse hospital. Johnson's car was badly damaged in the I-90 accident at the Highway 16 exit.