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Wednesday - May 17, 2017 1:31 am

Reps meet again this week on Shelby-La Crosse boundary agreement

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Groups have been in talks for over two years.

It's a process that's been dragged on for more than two years.

This week, again, representatives from the town of Shelby and city of La Crosse will meet and inch closer to a long-term boundary agreement.

City council member Doug Happel is on the committee working on the agreement. He sees the deal as necessary to insure economic health for both communities.

"We all realize that we're in it together," Happel said. "If La Crosse deteriorates, Shelby deteriorates. If Shelby does not develop, La Crosse does not develop."

Happel is optimistic a deal is near.

"Really optimistic," he said. "I've been saying that we are probably ... 92 percent of the way there."

Among the issues in agreement still requiring work would be where actual physical boundaries between the two entities will be and "we're also including in some things which would open up some doors for future cooperation," Happel said, noting things like fire dept., police and library.

Happel believes there are still a few months left to get the deal done, but it should come with lasting positive effects for both communities.  



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Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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