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Onalaska swears in council members
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009
ONALASKA – Three Onalaska city council members were sworn in for two year terms during the regular city council meeting held Wednesday. Patsy Goins, Shirley Gilmore and Carl Cruse were unopposed in their positions that expired this year. The oath of offi ce for the three council members was delivered by Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Edwards in the absence of Mayor Lew Vail. During the public forum portion of the meeting, concerned citizen Gerardine Hesseltine addressed council members about a city fence ordinance and suggested privacy fencing be limited to six feet in height.
She is concerned about a neighboring commercial privacy fence in excess of six feet. The fence in question is stair-stepped ranging in heights to above 10 feet blocking views. Hesseltine suggested fencing more than six feet in height be chain link or otherwise see-through fencing so as not to obstruct views of neighbors. Councilman Carl Cruse sympathized with the resident while Mayor Pro-Tem Edwards said the council will take the matter under advisement. Fire Chief Roy Newport reported the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser held last month was a success.
The annual event brought in over $35,000 to the department. Newport reported approximately $41,000 was raised through the sale of barbecue and over $30,000 was raised during the silent auction, open auction and sale of homemade goods. The event was attended by hundreds of residents and friends of the department. Newport reported volunteers, businesses and individuals were all responsible for the success of the event. Councilman Carl Cruse was presented a special recognition of appreciation for his dedication and assistance throughout the fi ve day event. “I cannot name each individual and business that made the fundraiser a success,” said Newport. “I can say that Carl Cruse volunteered his time and was a large part of the success of the barbecue,” he added. Police Chief Ron Gilbert spoke during the public forum recognizing longtime resident George White for his assistance to the police department and community.
“He always comes when we call whatever time we need him,” Gilbert said. White received a community support appreciation award from Gilbert for his dedication and services. Gilbert also announced the United States Wrestling Xplosion will come to Onalaska High School June 27. The main event will feature professional wrestlers Big Jon Steel against Mustang Mike. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the high school gym with door prizes for those attending. The event is presented by Onalaska Police Department and the City of Onalaska. Prices will be $7 advance tickets, $8 at the door and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at Brookshire Bros. and City Hall. Gilbert expressed the event will be a night of competition and fun for wrestling fans and those who have not yet experienced a wrestling event. Fire Chief Roy Newport presented council members with the OVFD report for April. The department responded to 55 calls with 36 medical calls. OVFD responded to three structure fire calls and two grass fires during the month. OVFD also responded to six land calls and six miscellaneous calls along with one mutual aid response. The department logged 26 man hours in the city limits and 68 man hours in the county. To date, OVFD has received 404 calls for assisted that required 818 man hours. Gilbert reported OPD handled 125 calls and 743 other incident calls during the April. Gilbert reported 14 felony arrests and 46 misdemeanor arrests were made. Also, 138 citations and 49 warnings were issued during the month.