By Albert Trevino
The Onalaska City Council will move forward on an annexation of land as action was taken during its November regular meeting.
An ordinance annexing around 96 acres of undeveloped land near the Yaupon Cove area was agreed on by the council to extend the boundary limits of the city. Although the land is currently undeveloped, this would grant any potential inhabitants within that property the rights and privileges of the city’s citizens. This also binds said citizens to the acts, ordinances, resolutions and regulations of Onalaska.
A property on two Canyon Park-area lots was deemed unsafe by the city council last week and is set to officially be vacated and taken down. Owner representation of the lots (section 1, lots 206 and 207) was reportedly not present to make any defense for the property in question, leaving the council to make the unsafe declaration.
Also, during the action agenda, the council changed contracts with a new law firm for collections. The previous contract with McCreary, Velselka, Bragg and Allen, PC was terminated and the new firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, was approved to enforce the collection of debt and accounts receivable for municipal fees and fines. The council also reauthorized a longstanding resolution for a collection fee of 30% for the city’s fines and fees.