Wilton town board approves quarry
A gravel quarry will almost certainly be going in along Wilton’s Logan Road after Tuesday night’s town board meeting. The conditions the quarry will operate under have yet to be determined. The board unanimously approved the quarry Tuesday night, but with conditions for a permit still to be hammered out. The board earlier considered tabling the permit until details could be worked out. Tunnel Trail Campground attorney Glenn Stoddard said Mathy Construction’s permit application was incomplete. Sparta-Elroy bike trail board member Eric Zingler says a culvert similar to one near Norwalk could alleviate some bike trail concerns. It still needs to pass the Monroe County zoning committee, but the town board can override the county committee.
Monroe County board voting Wednesday night on 911 communication upgrade referendum
The Monroe County board will vote Wednesday night on having a binding April referendum to borrow 1.8 million dollars for a 911 community system upgrade. Board chair Jim Kuhn says upgrades could start soon after a referendum would be approved. Kuhn says if they can get some money through the normal budgeting process to start, they can start working on the upgrades January 1st. Kuhn says it would take the county about eight months to get tower leases for the upgrades. Kuhn says it’s one option the county has to address communication system issues.
BRF city council to give police negotiations update Wednesday night
The Black River Falls city council will give an update Wednesday night on how negotiations are going with both the county sheriff’s office and current police union as the city considers contracting with the county for city policing in the near future. The council is not expected to make a decision until next month.
Kurtz on Ebola
The Ebola virus has not spread from Texas to Western Wisconsin yet. But Third District Congressional candidate Tony Kurtz says measures should be taken to make sure the virus does not have more chance to be spread here from Western Africa. Kurtz says the US needs to travel to stop air travel for those African countries that have been affected. Kurtz says 28 days in isolation is reasonable with some studies showing the viruses incubation period can be longer than 3 weeks.
LaFarge teen extricated after crash
A La Farge teen had to be extricated from her car after a one-car rollover crash just east of La Farge Monday morning. Police say the car of 17-year-old Sarah Wegner hit the end of a guard rail after rolling over. Wegner was treated and released from a Viroqua hospital.
Family of Monroe County inmate who died in 2010 can not sue county
A state appeals court has said Monroe County can not be sued by the family of a jail inmate from Tomah who died in 20-10 after taking prescription drugs smuggled in by a woman out on Huber. It reverses a trial court ruling saying the family of Adrianna Seroy could sue the county. The appeals court says Alexandra Lueck of Tomah was strip searched, but smuggled in the drugs inside her body. Seroy was found dead in a cell the morning after taking the drugs.
Oakdale car break-ins warning
Monroe County police are warning of a rash of car break-ins in Oakdale last weekend.