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City of Onalaska repeals old ordinances with new one

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The Onalaska City Council approved Ordinance No. 415 during its regular meeting Tuesday. Adoption of the new ordinance repealed Ordinance No. 395, the manufactured and modular home ordinance, Ordinance No. 396, building regulations, and Ordinance No. 409, building regulations.

Onalaska Police Chief Jessica Stanton reported that the police department drove 2,822 miles during the month of September, conducting 216 subdivision checks and 63 business checks and responding to 329 calls. Two misdemeanor arrests and four felony arrests were made. Fifty warnings and 50 citations were issued. The department assisted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office 10 times and the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department nine times. Thirty-five cases were worked and 11 warrants were issued.

Onalaska Fire Chief Jay Stutts reported that the fire department responded to 29 calls during the month of September, 13 calls in the city and 19 in the county. The department responded to 28 calls during the month, 15 of which were medical calls, two structure fires, four grass fires, one motor vehicle accident, one hazardous materials call, three lake rescues and two calls to assist.

Fire Marshal/Building Inspector Lee Parrish reported that there was a total of 183 permits and/or licenses issued for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2020 and ended Sept. 30, 2021. The total added value to the city was $8,196,396 and the total permit fees collected for the fiscal year were $81,671.70. Parrish reported there were 134 citations/warnings/warrants issued for ordinance violations during the fiscal year and four cases for environmental violations such as illegal dumping.

There was a total of 11 fire investigations for the year and of the 11, five were determined to be unfounded, two were determined to be intentionally set and the remaining four were ruled accidental, Parrish said. Additionally, 17 cases were worked that were not ordinance violations or fire investigations.

Reporting on behalf of the Onalaska Public Library, Sherry Brecheen informed Council that the library currently has 1,698 patrons and a total of 9,735 holdings. The library was open 21 days during the month of September with a circulation of 393, a circulation per day of 19, 299 patrons and 79 instances of computer usage. A total of 51.3 volunteer hours were logged during the month.

City Administrator Angela Stutts reported that she met with Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent to review the most recent road complaints, adding that several pot holes have developed or worsened following recent heavy rains. She said Vincent was able to evaluate and make repairs to most, while others will remain on the list until he can get to them.

Regarding bigger street issues, Stutts reported that the Oakridge grant is currently taking bids from contractors and that construction could possibly start as soon as late November, although December is more realistic. In addition to the ongoing Oakridge project, she said there are three other major problem areas – Onalaska East, Holmes Road and Chelsea Lane. Onalaska East needs approximately 700 feet of chip and seal from the first curve to the right just past the church, at a cost of $17,000. She said both are in need of road base, looking at adding 1,300 linear feet of rock at an estimated cost of $14,000 for Holmes Road and adding 1,152 linear feet of rock at an estimated cost of $13,000 for Chelsea Lane. She said future projects include rock on Pine Grove and blade work on Smith Drive.

Other business included approval of the minutes, payment of vouchers and financial reports.

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