Gorius says city looking forward after Hough resignation
Tomah city administrator Roger Gorius says he and the city are looking forward after Tuesday night’s resignation of mayor Shannon Hough. Gorius says it’s no different than when he came on board as the administrator just shy of three years ago. Gorius says at this point the city council has moved forward in a responsible and responsive manner, and as city administrator his job is to move the city forward in as positive a manner as possible. Gorius says they strive to continue to strive to make Tomah a better community and a community people want to live in. Gorius says that’s his responsibility, ambition and drive. City council president Eric Prise will serve as acting mayor. This spring’s mayoral election is April 5th.
Adams County health department say ZIka virus worth paying attention to for travelers
Adams County’s health department is suggesting travelers to Mexico, the Carribean, South America, Central America and Pacific islands be aware of the Zika virus. They also say pregnant woman traveling to those areas should be especially cautious. US virus cases have been reported in people who’ve traveled to those areas.
Bridge over I-94 east of Tomah could be closed until October
It could now take until October to re-open the County Highway ET bridge over I-94 east of Tomah. The bridge was closed after a semi with an extended hoist hit the bridge last Friday morning. Officials had originally hoped to be able to reopen the bridge in June or July.
Monroe County jail building committee considers more change orders
Monroe County’s jail building committee considered another nearly 126 thousand dollars in change orders to the new county jail Thursday night. This group of change orders included 56 thousand dollars of roof drains and 39 thousand dollars for elevators. Dispatch is expected to start moving into the new jail in the first two weeks of March.
Sparta elementary school classes could see slight class size bump
Some Sparta elementary school classrooms may see slight class size increases in the near future. The district is considering spending some of its SAGE, or Student Achievement Guarantee in Education, money, for instruction coaches instead of cutting class sizes. Class sizes could go up from 18 to 20 students per class.
La Crosse police subdue man with knife after he leaves shelter
La Crosse police had to subdue a man with a knife after he drove away from a city shelter Tuesday night. The man lunged at an officer, then held the knife up to his own throat. He said he got the knife out because he wanted police to shoot him. No officers were injured. The man suffered cuts to his hands. The man’s name was not released.
La Crosse north-side shelter staying open Friday night
A La Crosse north-side police center will remain open as a temporary warming shelter Friday night. The shelter at 713 St. James Street will be open from 7 o’ clock Friday night until 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Four people stayed at the shelter Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Police are looking for blankets to warm shelter residents.
Friday deadline to take downtown Tomah business vitality improvement survey
Friday is the deadline to take a Tomah survey to try and help improve downtown business vitality. City officials say they ultimately want to try and make Tomah a destination stop. To take the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CityofTomah.