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Council poised to deny proposed rate increase

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Onalaska logoA resolution denying the proposed rate increase by Onalaska Water & Gas Supply for natural gas will be considered for action by the Onalaska City Council during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Council will also consider action on a resolution establishing the Polk County Enterprise, which has a general circulation in the Onalaska area, as the city’s official newspaper.

In a personnel action request, Council will consider approval of Debbie Oxford as a telecommunication operator in the part time labor pool.

Twelve property owners or representatives are slated to make presentations to Council to show cause why their buildings should not be declared unsafe and/or dangerous. Following each presentation, Council will consider action to declare the buildings dangerous or unsafe. The 12 on Tuesday’s agenda include:

Jimmy Don Stallings, regarding Section 1, Lots 394 and 395 in Canyon Park;

Patty Scarbrough, regarding Section 1, Lot 157 in Canyon Park;

Monty Montague, regarding Section 1, Lot 128 in Canyon Park;

Lowell Phillips, regarding Section 4, Lot 146 in Canyon Park;

Michael Boone, regarding Section 1, Lot 43 in Canyon Park;

Timothy Frank Dassow, regarding Section 1, Lots 206 and 207 in Canyon Park;

Hildegard Polvado, regarding Section 4, Lot 291 in Canyon Park;

Joe Pharris, regarding Section 1, Lots 49 and 50 in Canyon Park;

Jonathan L. McKinney, regarding Section 1, Block 1, Lots 80-82 in Ponderosa Ridge;

James Whitman, regarding Section 4, Lots 16 and 17 in Ponderosa Ridge;

Julian and Sally Wright, regarding Section 4, Lots 8 and 10 in Ponderosa Ridge; and

Robert and Pamela Rusnick, regarding Section 4, Lot 2 in Ponderosa Ridge.

Reports will be presented on behalf of the police department, fire department, fire marshal/building inspector, library representative and city administrator.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes, vouchers and financial reports.

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Tuesday deadline to register to vote

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From Enterprise Staff

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election is Tuesday and the last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Oct. 28. Early voting will begin Oct. 24 and run through Nov. 4. Voters will head to the polls to select the following:

•U.S. Representative, District 8


•Lieutenant Governor

•Attorney General

•Comptroller of Public Accounts

•Commissioner of General Land Office

•Commissioner of Agriculture

•Railroad Commissioner

• Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3

• Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5

• Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9

• Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5

• Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6

• Member, State Board of Education, District 8

• State Senator, District 3

• State Representative, District 9

• Justice, 9th Court of Appeals, Place 2

• Trustees, Livingston ISD School Board

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Cato Fashions joined other local sustaining sponsors of R.E.A.D. (Reading Encourages Advanced Development) recently when the local store presented a donation to board members of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate in Polk County to support the literacy program for the local pre-school population. Visit the website www.READPolkCounty.com to view the local merchants that have contributed to R.E.A.D., now in its seventh year. Books are being mailed to local 1,741 children this month. Literacy, the organization’s goal, is presented in compelling, colorful, age-appropriate books that have resulted in many reading before kindergarten. Donations may be made on the website or by contacting Judy Blain at 979-661-1406 or George Huson at 713-828-3492. A global survey is being sponsored by Australia and can be accessed at Imaginationlibrary.com. If you have a child in the program or that graduated from the program please participate in the survey. (l-r) District Manager Stacy Madecki, R.E.A.D. Board President Judy Blain, Board Member Randy Rae Satory, Treasurer George Huson, Board Member Joyce Davis, Vice President Ray Gearing, Board Member Sydney Murphy and Store Manager Kim Bany. Courtesy photo

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Over 300 people attended the College and Career Fair at the Livingston High School Monday. Hosted jointly by the LHS Academic Advising Department, GEAR UP and Career & Technical Education Coordinator Blake Thornton, the event was considered a big success. Over 50 representatives from area businesses and industry, military and colleges and universities provided information for local students regarding college, job training and employment opportunities. Numerous student organizations and their advisors assisted and Chef Kristi Gann and her culinary students provided treats for the presenters.
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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Livingston celebrated St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day with the blessing of the animals on Saturday. Rev. Anderson Luis De Souza blessed more than 30 animals during the event. Treats for the animals and their owners were given out following the blessing. The feast commemorates the life of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, so many churches offer animal blessing services, usually held on or around Oct. 4. The services may include a verbal blessing and holy water and are usually held at a place where different animals can gather. Courtesy photo

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