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Onalaska, property owner discussing easement issue
Polk County Enterprise - August 2009
ONALASKA – Onalaska City Council referred Tom Lilley to its attorneys over the extension of Oak Street during the public forum at City Hall Tuesday evening. Mayor Lew Vail explained the street was previously city property and the issue to return the property to the city has been ongoing for many years. Lilley stated the street extension would divide familyowned property and questioned the timing of council’s actions. He has received a letter from attorneys representing the city stating the issue is moving forward. Vail explained the action is an easement issue and suggested Lilley respond to attorneys. Also during public forum, Rosiland Caldwell introduced herself to council members.
Caldwell has established an animal rescue and equine sanctuary in Onalaska. Her intention is to make council aware of Point Evergreen Animal Rescue and Equine Sanctuary (PEARES), where it is located and its purpose for the area. The purpose of the sanctuary is to rescue abused, neglected and unwanted animals along with providing public education for the prevention of unwanted animals. The sanctuary focuses on horses but also deals with dogs and cats. “We will foster animals if owners are unable to care for them for any reason until we are able to find permanent homes,” Caldwell said. “We also want to receive information if someone notices abuse or neglect of animals.
We currently have four horses that will be adopted in the future.” PEARES is a non-profit organization. During consent agenda items, minutes of a budget workshop special meeting held July 14 were approved. Also approved were minutes of July regular council meeting and a special council meeting held Aug. 3. During that meeting, the burn ban within city limits was lifted. Departmental reports Police Chief Ron Gilbert presented the departmental report to council. Gilbert reported OPD handled 142 calls in July. Gilbert reported two felony arrests and 32 misdemeanor arrests were made. Citations issued were 213 with 56 warning citations issued during the month. Gilbert reported OPD responded to nine Onalaska Fire Department assistance calls, 27 Polk County Sheriff Office calls and two DPS assistance calls during July. Officers logged 7,444 miles on patrol during the month of July.
Gilbert reported 101 warrants were issued during the month with 87 warrants cleared. Fire Chief Roy Newport presented the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department report for July to council members. Newport reported the department responded to 57 calls for the month including 23 medical related calls, 14 grass fire calls and four lake calls. Three land calls and six assistance calls were also reported. OVFD also responded to four motor vehicle accident calls during July logging 21 man hours within the city limits and 88 man hours in the county for the month. Newport reported no house fire calls were reported in July. Newport also presented the building and inspection permit summary to council members. The report included $309.50 in permit fees collected during July.
Two additions or modifications were reported along with one mobile home permit and one repair permit was issued during the month. Permits issued during July added $15,300 in value to city tax rolls. Newport reported current improvement values for fiscal year 2009 is at $1.6 million, down slightly from $1.7 million in value for fiscal year 2008. Newport added the new fiscal year begins in October and values could exceed the 2008 value figures. Council member Patsy Goins presented the July library report to council members. The report included 859 patrons visited the library during July. Computer usage increased to 325 from 285 patrons the previous month. Collections for the library were $161.40 that included $76 in copy and fax fees and $54.60 in fines for the month. Goins reported two library sponsored functions took place in July.
One sponsored event was a mystery solving event held with young women and men at a church. Story Time was held each Thursday afternoon for patrons as well. Goins reported Story Time is expanding to Monday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. during August also. Goins reported the Friends of the Library volunteered 16 hours for the month. Also reported is a section of the library has become a book resale source for the library. In upcoming library events, Goins reported the library will hold a Give-A-Buck fundraiser the first weekend in September with volunteers at traffic intersections to raise funds.
In other agenda items, council members approved Mayor Lew Vail to sign an interlocal agreement with TML Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool to provide benefits and related services for city employees for the period October 2009 through September 2010. Additional consent items approved by council members included payment of vouchers and acceptance of financial reports. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at City Hall.