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NEW JAIL, NO BASEMENT

Brad Williams

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IT WILL BE CHEAPER TO REPLACE SOME BAD SOIL THAN TO BUILD A BASEMENT IN ITS PLACE.

THAT’S ONE REASON WHY HOUSTON COUNTY HAS DECIDED NOT TO ADD A BASEMENT TO ITS PLANS FOR A NEW COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. SOIL AT THE COURTHOUSE SITE IN CALEDONIA WAS FOUND TO BE UNSTABLE, AND IT WILL BE REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH A MORE STABLE FOUNDATION.  HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN LARRY CONNERY SAYS INCLUDING A BASEMENT COULD HAVE ADDED CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE BUILDING COST. ALSO, THAT CHANGE DIDN’T FIT INTO A LAND DEAL WITH THE CITY OF CALEDONIA. CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW JAIL COULD START AS SOON AS THIS MAY.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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