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Purchase price for Onalaska patrol cars increased $800
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
ONALASKA – Onalaska City Council members approved a $800 increase in the proposed price of two patrol cars. The purchase was authorized in an emergency meeting held Dec. 18. When preparing the vehicles for delivery, the dealership found that the roll cages from the old vehicles would not fi t in the new ones. Onalaska Police made fi ve felony arrests during December, according to Police Chief Ron Gilbert. Offi cers made an additional 38 misdemeanor arrests, issued 159 citations and 17 warnings. OPD answered 131 calls for the month, including calls for assistance from the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department, 31 assistance calls with the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce, three calls to assist highway patrol troopers and three calls for other kinds of assistance. A total of 47 warrants were issued during December and 45 were cleared. Offi cers logged 6,005 miles on patrols and answering emergency calls. The council appointed Reserve Offi cer Jessica Reese on Gilbert’s recommendation. Gilbert read a letter from an area resident involved in a wreck in Onalaska. The letter thanked the police and fi re departments saying their professionalism and concern during the ordeal was “exemplary” and “a notch above.” Fire Chief Roy Newport reported fi re department volunteers answered 58 calls during December. Firefi ghters worked 19 hours on calls inside the city limits and 99 hours in unincorporated areas of Polk County. The majority of the fi re calls were medical in nature. Newport also reported eight building permits were issued during December. Permits were obtained for four additions to existing structures, one mobile home installation, one new residence, one commercial repair and one structural repair. The permits generated $861 in revenue for the month and added $303,841 to Onalaska’s property tax rolls. Patsy Goins presented the librarian’s report. During November and December 35 borrowers got library cards and 69 books were added to the collection. Goins reported the library received a Lone Star grant of $3,714 which has been added to the general fund. The grant includes $2,714 for salaries and $1,000 to buy books and media for the library. The library received donations totaling $46.75 and $227.74 as income from copier, fax, fines and materials sold. A local retiring attorney also donated 186 volumes of law books. The winners of the Christmas decorating contest were honored and certificates were presented to those present at the meeting. Winners for the subdivision category were: Cedar Point, Creekside and Twin Harbors. Judges decided two entrants in the commercial indoor and outdoor deserved first place kudos. They decided to split the honors between Jerry’s Restaurant for indoor decorations and First State Bank for outdoor decorations. Hazen and Nannette Fanjoy, Jeanie and Cookie Savell and Kip Robbins were the residential winners. Amy Poe of Northshore RV Resort presented handouts to council members before the meeting regarding the allocations of hotel/ motel tax funds and how they are being used in the community. City officials will consider her material next month and include a discussion of hotel/motel tax allocations at the February meeting. Onalaska City Council members meet the second Tuesday of each month at city hall.