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County board requires attendance from members, appoints redistricting committee

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Attending a La Crosse County Board meeting virtually from home is not an option for county supervisors any more.  Not if they want to vote during the meeting. 

Since COVID has become much less of a threat in the region, the county is ending its year-long pandemic practice of letting board members stay home and participate in regular board meetings by Zoom.     

Board chair Monica Kruse made that pronouncement at Thursday night’s monthly meeting. 

If supervisors choose to stay home and watch meetings on-line, Kruse says “they will not be considered to be present at the board meetings, will not be allowed to vote, will not be able to claim mileage, and will not be allowed to participate in discussions.”

The regular board meetings, and several committee meetings, will still be livestreamed so the public can view the meetings from home.

In other county business, a new La Crosse County redistricting committee has been appointed. 

The list of 13 nominees was approved almost unanimously by the board without discussion. 

Just one supervisor, Kevin Hoyer, abstained from voting.  Hoyer’s name was added as a nominee days before the meeting, after the local Republican party said no Republicans were being appointed to the panel. 

Seven of the committee members will be current county supervisors, joined by six citizen members.

County leaders decided to keep the current district boundaries in place for the April 2022 election, because there’s not enough time to draw new maps before the campaign season begins.

Legislators in Madison are considering a bill to keep city and county election boundaries in place throughout Wisconsin for all of next year’s local elections.  

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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