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Onalaska criticizes La Crosse for “threat” to cut off sewer service

Brad Williams

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The city of Onalaska is objecting to paying a fee for sewer service, and accuses La Crosse of making “threats to cut off access” to regional sewers.

The comments come in a letter released on Friday by Onalaska city administrator Eric Rindfleisch.

The letter, addressed to La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat, says Onalaska is not willing to pay a “regional services fee” for sewer, and prefers the idea of a metropolitan sewerage district, where costs are shared among the users.

Rindfleisch charges that a September resolution passed by the La Crosse city council would cut off Onalaska from the regional sewer system, and would lead to “unnecessary rate increases.”

The letter concludes “we look forward to working with La Crosse on a long-term Sanitary Sewer Service Agreement.

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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