Legislation would put process in nonpartisan hands
When it comes to parking in La Crosse's municipal ramps, what's old is new again. Just months after removing the often malfunctioning and vandalized parking gates in favor of free...
The gates go on April 21st...
That's the day when La Crosse will switch on the ticket gates in the downtown parking ramps. The first day will be free, but drivers will be charged beginning on the 22nd. Parking board chair Audrey Kader says the free Monday is designed to let weekend customers remove their cars without having to pay the new charge. The parking board set the activation day on Wednesday after repeated delays, and several months after the ticketing equipment was installed in the ramps.
When Governor Scott Walker put $35 million towards the state's tech colleges and high school's last week, he said it s all about training more people and giving them the skills needed to fill jobs today and the ones that will be coming up in the next couple of years. Western Technical College President, Lee Raasch agrees. A portion of the money will also be used to help employers identify the skill sets disabled residents in the state bring to the workplace. Raasch says the money's could be used by the state's tech colleges as soon as this fall. Other one year programs that will reap the benefits....networking, medical assistant, information technology and license practical nursing. Both on the La Crosse and Juneau County campuses.
Anti-smoking laws passed around the U-S seem to be having the desired effect of getting people to give up tobacco...
The effect is more pronounced in cities than in rural areas, according to a nationwide study of smoking rates since the 1990's. La Crosse County health educator Judi Zabel says a lack of funding for tobacco education may be preventing young people in rural counties from going tobacco-free. She's looking at ways to increase health education to small town kids.
The University of Washington study shows that the number of smokers in La Crosse County dropped at least 25 per cent over a 16-year period. Close behind in their declines were Jackson, Monroe, and Vernon Counties.
Those idle ticket gates installed in La Crosse's parking ramps could begin working any day now.
And this afternoon, we could find out exactly what day the equipment will be turned on. The city parking utility board is scheduled to set a date for activitating the ticket machines, as part of its meeting today. Mayor Tim Kabat told the board last month that he hopes charging for hourly parking will help pay for proper maintenance of the ramps.
The hourly parking rate in the ramps would be 75 cents, after three hours of free parking.