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Onalaska City Councilman Carl Cruse, citing medical issues, tendered his resignation at the regular meeting of the Onalaska City Council Nov. 9. As the item was not on the agenda, Council will convene in a special called meeting at noon on Tuesday to formally accept Cruse’s resignation.

A number of personnel action requests were considered during the meeting. Council approved the re-hires of Officers Simon Prince and Heather Thomas as fulltime officers with the standard probationary period. Additionally, Rachel Richards and Denise Ross were both approved as telecommunications officers, Richards fulltime and Ross part-time.

Council approved authorizing Gilmore Roofing LLC to remove the existing roofing from the city hall building and install new roofing at a cost of $23,035 as per the bid dated Nov. 3.

Although Council was slated to review Ordinance No. 386 and authorize City Administrator Angela Stutts to request proposals for exclusive sanitation services with the city, no action was taken as Council wants to gather some additional information before going out for proposals.

Council also reviewed and approved Resolution No. 2021-004, an agreement between the city and the Polk Central Appraisal District, regarding the annual allocation amount due for participation as a taxing entity.

Onalaska Police Chief Jessica Stanton reported that the police department drove 3,615 miles during the month of October, conducting 267 subdivision checks and 53 business checks and responding to 337 calls. Nine misdemeanor arrests and three felony arrests were made. Sixty-seven warnings and 62 citations were issued. The department assisted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office 12 times, the Department of Public Safety three times and the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department six times. Twenty-six cases were worked and 12 warrants were issued.

Onalaska Fire Chief Jay Stutts reported that the fire department responded to 28 calls during the month of October, 14 calls in the city and 14 in the county. The department responded to 28 calls during the month, 17 of which were medical calls, three structure fires, two grass fires, three motor vehicle accidents and three landing zones.

Fire Marshal/Building Inspector Lee Parrish reported that there were 12 permits and one animal license issued during the month of October. There were also 16 inspections done. The total added value to the city was $542,565 and the total permit fees collected was $3,472.80. Parrish reported there were eight ordinance violation cases started with 10-day compliance warnings issued, with two coming into compliance. Six of the properties are a work in progress and two are no change with enforcement moving to the next stage. There were also 12 follow-up investigations performed throughout the month. There was one fire investigation within the city limits for October. The fire marshal’s office assisted the police department four times and the fire department eight times with multiple types of calls ranging from fire suppression, medical calls and landing zones.

Reporting on behalf of the Onalaska Public Library, Sherry Brecheen informed Council that the library currently has 1,708 patrons and a total of 9,732 holdings. The library was open 20 days during the month of October with a circulation of 358, a circulation per day of 18, 350 patrons and 95 instances of computer usage. A total of 39.5 volunteer hours were logged during the month.

Other business included approval of the minutes of the Oct. 12 regular meeting and the Oct. 28 special called meeting, the financial reports and the payment of vouchers.

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