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Veto overrides became the central focus of the city council this week in La Crosse. The council turned over ten vetoes by the mayor in a Thursday night meeting. Nine were for new hires approved by the city council last month. But probably the most notable was overturning the mayor's veto of a marijuana possession ticket writing ordinance. The ordinance gives police the ability to write tickets for first time marijuana possession. Police chief Ed Kondracki had strongly opposed the measure, saying it sends a pro-drug use message. Kondracki also has said that his officers will likely not use the ordinance but continue to charge possession as a crime.
State officials will hold meetings this month to get the public's input and conerns about a proposed power line project in western Wisconsin. The CapX2020 project has plans to build new energy transmission lines from South Dakota to Wisconsin, including a line from Rochester, Minnesota to La Crosse.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and Wisconsin DNR will hold public meetings today and July 20th to allow residents of La Crosse, Buffalo and Trempealeau counties to share concerns about the project, or to talk about how their property will be impacted.
Six Wisconsin Democrats, including La Crosse state rep, Jennifer Shilling, will advance to take on incumbent Republican state senators targeted for recall after they supported Gov. Scott Walker's divisive proposal taking away union rights from public workers.
Jennifer Shilling may have picked a bad time to visit residents at one senior high-rise in La Crosse.
The city clerk's office got a complaint about Representative Shilling, a candidate in today's Senate recall primary, stopping at Sauber Manor, which is the polling place for La Crosse's 3rd District on the north side. Clerk Teri Lehrke says the chief election inspector found that Shilling was NOT in the room where voting is taking place, so there was no apparent breach of election rules. However, Lehrke tells us that candidates should avoid being at polling places on election day, unless the candidate is actually voting.
Yes, the no wake zones in the Mississippi at the city of La Crosse are still in effect. There's just no buoys that say so. The buoys typically bob around in the water in front of Riverside Park and farther south to where the no wake zone starts at the northern tip of Houska Park. The Harbor Commission is in charge of putting the buoys out but hasn't yet. Apparently the high water levels in the first part of this boating season has delayed the buoy placement. We're told those buoys and others in the Black River could finally be in place by sometime this week