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Voters of Holmen, consider yourself warned...
You have a full year to decide how you really feel about fluoridation, before the village puts another fluoride referendum on the ballot. The village board has authorized a new referendum for April of 2014 to settle the future of fluoridation, which was approved by voters five years ago, but shut down by the board after only a few days of operation. Board members have debated since January about whether to switch from a liquid fluoride formula to a powder that's considered safer, but the board voted on Thursday to go back to the old system in use before the suspension. It could take a couple of months before fluoride goes back into Holmen's tap water.
The village of Holmen wants to join La Crosse's sewer system...
Faced with a growing demand for wastewater treatment, the Holmen village board has voted unanimously to link up to the sewer lines used by La Crosse and Onalaska. The DNR says joining a regional sewer system would be cheaper for Holmen than trying to upgrade or expand its own sewer plant, built 30 years ago. However, the cost to the village would still be about 12 million dollars. And the rates for sewer service would more than double for the average household, no matter which option was chosen by the village.
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