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A settlement could be coming soon from a lawsuit filed a year ago by the Sierra Club against the Dairyland Power Cooperative and two coal fired plants in Alma. They were accused of not installing the required pollution controls when it made various upgrades at its plants at Alma and Genoa from 1993 to 2009.
Dairyland is now spending around 400 million dollars on pollution controls at its plants. But the action was the result of the Sierra Club's lawsuit and not because of government enforcement of air pollution laws over the years. according to The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
They say the federal and state governments have had inconstent enforcement records.
The La Crosse Tribune reported Sunday, that Governor Walkers BudgetRepair Bill cost La Crosse County $300 thousand. Board member, Bill Feehan says.......wrong. It actually saved the county money.....and it all comes down to easy math. Feehan, says if you take the Gross Budget Savings from employees contributions Wisconsin Retirement System at $2.9 million and subtract $1.4 million from the Major 2012 Budget Challenges.....you come up with a net gain of $1.5 million for La Crosse County. And not only that.........................
Feehan says to say the governors budget bill was not good for Lacrosse County....is just not accurate.
The La Crosse Common Council has overturned Mayor Harter's veto of the 2012 city budget, by a 12-2 vote. Only Jim Bloedorn and Doug Farmer voted to uphold the veto. Several council members spoke during a brief session Saturday afternoon, claiming that Harter did not publicly object to imposing new fees without corresponding tax cuts during meetings about the budget. After the meeting, the mayor insisted that he has often spoken against fees that are not balanced by tax cuts. Harter says he'll now have to wait until the 2013 budget process to make the changes he would like.
Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand has released new information about the baby that was found on Labor Day...floating down the Mississippi River. A fisherman saw a white boat, possibly a Sea Rae with a cabin, anchored along a bank of the river. He saw a woman in her 30's to 40's alone in the boat...and she wasn't fishing. Brand says they are not looking to arrest the woman, but.....
He said the the baby, named Angel, deserves a proper burial and he personally would like to see closure in the case. As for how the baby died.......that's still being investigated.
A surprise announcement in La Crosse city hall today from Mayor Matt Harter regarding the upcoming year's operating budget and the $630 thousand dollars in new fees that are a part of that spending plan.
Harter says, essentially, he's fine with fees. But he wants property taxes to decrease at the same rate fees increase. The city council will be in a bit of a rush. A budget has to be published prior to tax bills going out in December.