Western Technical College will present voters with a $79.8
facilities referendum on the November 6th election ballot. Prior to that, the college will be hosting information sessions around the district. The first session will be held Wednesday, August 29th at the Lunda Center on Western's La Crosse campus. And President, Lee Rasch, says he expects finances to be a hot topic.
The referendum will be presented to voters in the Western Technical College district, which covers all or part of 11 counties, including Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon.
The League of Women Voters takes issue with the state attorney general’s effort to restore the voter ID law in time for the November elections. League Director, Andrea Kaminski, says their campign will continue.
Kaminski said Van Hollen is simply trying to restore an unconstitutional law which will make it extremely difficult or impossible for many qualified Wisconsin citizens to vote. Van Hollen has said the appellate courts are acting too slowly.
The latest from city hall in La Crosse: not taking your money. At least not yet. The city appears headed to a second year of holding off on a planned sewer rate increase. No need for the money, says water utility manager Mark Johnson, since he has money to work on current projects
The city has two planned sewage rate increases left in a three year plan.
After more than two months, the investigation of two high-ranking city hall employees in La Crosse has yet to be wrapped up. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community development administrator, Lianna Kisken were escorted from city hall at the end of May and have remained on administrative leave since. The city's human resources department confirms for us this week that the two are still being investigated but hasn't said for what. Both continue to draw about six thousand dollars a month in salary while on leave.
Getting from here to there by bike on the northside of La Crosse could become much easier in a couple years. A project that's been on the drawing board for more than a decade for a bike and pedestrian bridge to cross the BNSF rail yard on the northside is heading for a start date. Planning for the bridge began at least a dozen years ago but ran into opposition from the rail company and then a complete redesign when BNSF decided it needed room to expand in the future. Now, that redesign is done. Funding's approved. And city engineer Randy Turtenwald expects to break ground on the 4.3 million dollar bridge next year.