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The Boys and Girls club of West Salem has found a news home. They will lease the former Hope Community Church on Hamilton Street.
Mike Desmond, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse says they will lease the building on a month to month agreement and the church retains ownership of the building - which had been vacant since the church moved in August 2009 to a new site. The only cost to the Boys & Girls Club will be payment of the utilities.
Move in is already taking place and the opening date is scheduled for February 7th.
Someday, what was once known as the Mobil Oil site in La Crosse could be the city's grand new development.
But that someday seems quite a ways away. The city council this month will consider hiring a consultant to help deal with environmental clean-up at the former industrial site between Copeland avenue and the Black River. But that might be premature. The DNR tells us that the city will have to come up with a plan for what it wants to do with the site before a plan for environmental clean-up by Exxon-Mobil can be created. Just now the city is beginning the process of planning for use. Basically, the DNR tells us, Exxon-Mobil is on the hook for clean-up. But the company isn't sure how much clean-up it will have to do.
For now, the wrecking ball's being held at bay in West Salem. The former site of the West Salem Boys and Girls club was slated for demolition after the building's roof caved under the weight of heavy snow. Building owner Franciscan Skemp had said the building would be razed and the lots underneath sold. But that might not be the case anymore. Franciscan Skemp confirms for us that they're in negotiations with somebody over possibly selling the building intact. There's a possibility that a developer would buy the building, repair it and turn it into office space. The Boys and Girls club, meanwhile is moving to a former church space.
Flash an ID, cast your ballot. Seems like a simple proposal from legislative Republicans in Madison. But it's more restrictive than that, says Jay Heck with Wisconsin Common Cause. Because the hurdles for to get an ID are good-sized and many forms of ID won't be accepted under current legislation. Even university-provided identification won't be acceptable. Same for passports. Heck says the proposal will disproportionately keep minorities, students and the elderly away from the polls. Which, he says, seems to be exactly the types of voters Republicans want to keep from casting a ballot.
So far, a permanent schedule has yet to be figured out for high school football in Wisconsin.
Next fall, it will be a nine game season. And, just decided this week by the WIAA board, an eight game schedule for 2012. The process highly complicated by differences of opinion about when the season should end. Including those who think state finals should wind up on Thanksgiving week-end, says WIAA area rep and Bangor superintendent, Roger Foegen which is problematic, he says, because of the obvious conflicts with the holiday and with deer hunting for which some school districts take off an entire week of school.
Above all, Foegen says, the WIAA wants to stay away from having a cluster of games at the end of the season for safety's sake. But the agency also doesn't want too early of a start in the summer to avoid conflicts with summer vacations.