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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.
Superior's City Council approved the settlement of a fair housing lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 2, brought by a La Crosse-based developer that built Grand Central Plaza and Cottages of Superior.
Superior has a tentative plan for enhancing outdoor recreation in the city. Now it's a matter of synthesizing maps and guiding principles adopted before the plan goes public. The Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Committee wrapped up its work Monday, Oct. 1, after months of gathering information from the public through surveys and a series of community meetings to create a comprehensive plan to improve the city's recreational infrastructure. Trails Trail in the comprehensive plan are on land and water.
Homeowners in Wisconsin already pay 70 percent of property taxes statewide. And Douglas County want to make sure that share doesn't grow. But a loophole in Wisconsin law is helping big box and chain stores use tax avoidance strategies that shift the burden to homeowners and small businesses. The "dark store" loophole is a strategy in which retail giants challenge their property assessments, and get those assessments reduced based on the value of abandoned stores, in some cases gaining dramatic reductions in the property taxes they pay.
First the law had to change Tuesday, Oct. 2. Then the Superior City Council could consider a special use permits that pave the way for redevelopment of the Carnegie library at 1204 Hammond Ave., and let Ravin Crossbows move to a larger facility at 3535 Tower Ave. The Council approved a change to its apartment residential zoning districts to allow co-working spaces. Under the new apartment residential code special uses will be allowed for buildings that have historic value to the community and are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kenna Hermanson, 8, has a dream: Webster Dream Park.
This week, construction gets underway to repair the damage caused by flooding in June.
Douglas County's 2019 budget is headed to the full County Board late next month.