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Residents and elected officials alike lined up to express opposition to a proposal by Superior Water, Light and Power to increase utility rates in the wake of the Husky Energy refinery fire. The utility is seeking authority from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to increase its rates for natural gas by 2.31 percent, electricity by 2.01 percent and water by 8.2 percent to cover the cost of infrastructure improvements and lost revenue since its largest customer shut down following an explosion in April.
Superior's City Council approved its 2019 revenue and spending plan. But for now, that plan doesn't include adding three new firefighting positions to the budget. Councilors were reticent to charge ahead with a plan that would have used revenue from the city's terminal tax and a portion of the budgeted contingency to bring the number of firefighters up to 36. Even the councilors who proposed the budget modification, Craig Sutherland and Brent Fennessey, favored giving the Council time to review the proposal.
A park for children of all abilities could become a reality next year in Superior's South End.
The Douglas County Board considers a resolution Thursday, Oct. 18, to urge the governor and Legislature to increase funding for child protective services and develop mechanisms for ongoing oversight to ensure resources and policies respond to trends.
The public gets a chance to weigh in on the city's budget Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Joshua Moyer was home with his daughter when the power went out Wednesday, Oct. 10, on Hammond Avenue in Superior. Nearly an hour later, he decided to check the temperature in the house. Just as he pushed the button on his digital thermostat, there was a big boom and the whole house shook. "I'm like, 'Oh my God, I think I just blew the furnace up,' but it wasn't that," Moyer said Thursday, Oct. 11. "I peeked out the back window and there was nothing there. I opened the front curtains and I was like, 'Oh, crap.'"
Superior is taking a new approach to allow some pet owners to license more than three dogs. Under current city law, people can have up to three dogs and three cats. That creates a dilemma for responsible pet owners who want more than three dogs when it comes time to license them. While the License and Fees Committee had recommended a change in the city ordinances to allow people to decide for themselves what combination of dogs and cats they preferred, up to six animals.
Douglas County's Zoning Committee is advancing an ordinance to place a one-year moratorium on the transport of live deer or other cervids into the county. During the moratorium, a study group will consider regulations intended to inhibit the spread of chronic wasting disease to protect the environment and public health and safety. The group would be charged with determining if there are enforceable zoning changes for captive animals that could help stop the spread of the disease.
Many hands and time launched Superior's newest public safety program, "Kids Don't Float." Kids Don't Float is a program that provides loaner life jackets to kids hitting the waterways around Superior.
The rain didn't stand in the way of postal workers and mail clerks with the U.S. Postal Service from drawing attention to the threat of postal privatization Monday, Oct. 8. Area USPS workers joined others nationwide to call attention to the signs the Trump administration plans to move to privatize the the U.S. Postal Service. The Office of Management and Budget already has stated support for the action, and the White House appears poised to propose such a plan in the weeks ahead.