Kudos to the Eau Claire City Council for tabling a vote Tuesday night on an effort to amend the local Public Good Order ordinance. Jenessa Stromberger, assistant city attorney, drafted the measure, which is intended to help combat excessive drinking. The ordinance would allow law enforcement to issue citations that could cost offenders $295. “It provides officers a tool that they really don’t have right now,” said Stromberger in a recent story by the Leader-Telegram’s
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: The city of Eau Claire received a nice surprise this week in the form of a $5 million federal grant to be used toward a new transit transfer center. City officials were both optimistic and realistic when they submitted the grant to the Department of Transportation. They were told submissions typically had a 6 percent chance of being
When Eau Claire city officials applied for a federal grant in October to help pay for a proposed $23.5 million development that would include a new transit transfer center, the odds of receiving that money weren’t in their favor. The city was seeking $5 million from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program, which is run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Typically only about 6 percent of applicants receive money through that program.
Eau Claire city officials announced today they have received an important part of funding needed to build a transit transfer center downtown and to buy four new buses for the city’s transit system. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, announced the city received a $5 million grant from the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. “Eau Claire’s busy and constantly expanding downtown is a magnet for small
Cleanup continues on the 53 homes that suffered damage from a water main break Tuesday in Eau Claire. However, the city’s insurance company has denied liability. The water main that broke was installed in 1934, and the break was caused by an act of nature, City Manager Dale Peters said. If the city had been at fault, insurance would cover it, he said. “It’s not surprising the insurance company would deny liability,” Peters said. “The insurance company is saying