CHIPPEWA FALLS — The city of Chippewa Falls has hired a garbage contractor to remove a mess at a property at 716 Oak St., and the city will bill the landowner the cost. The city’s finance committee voted unanimously Tuesday to hire ProVyro at a cost of $375 to remove a pile of garbage bags and an assortment of other waste in the yard. At a City Council meeting in March, two nearby homeowners complained about the property, describing it as a drug house and asked the city to find a
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Chippewa Falls firefighter/paramedic David Patten moved a new hydraulic cot Monday by pushing a few buttons on the side of the machine. The new system glides in and out of the back of an ambulance, much like a drawer, with no lifting by workers required. “It saves our backs,” Patten said. “These are fantastic. It makes it a lot easier to get people in and out.” The new power cot system — which costs about $24,000 each — was installed
CHIPPEWA FALLS — After nearly a decade working for engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson, Brad Hentschel decided to take a leap, leaving private work behind to become the Chippewa Falls city planner. “It was a hard decision,” Hentschel said. “SEH is a good company to work for — they take care of their employees. But the most rewarding work you do is when you are embedded in a community, and you are able to see a plan become a project, and it come to fruition.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Two homeowners who live in downtown Chippewa Falls told the City Council on Tuesday about problems with a neighbor’s residence, describing the property as a drug house with numerous visitors at all hours of the night. Misty Barrett told the council about her concerns, which range from numerous visitors to witnessing violence to problems with garbage. “It’s a known drug house,” Barrett told the council. “We have people over there that
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The state’s Office of the Commissioner of Railroads has set a hearing date for discussing the possible permanent closure of a one-mile stretch of 95th Avenue from Highway 124 to Highway 178 in the town of Eagle Point. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 302 of the Chippewa County Courthouse. Progressive Rail, which is petitioning to have the road closed, wants to put together 140-unit trains, which could be 1½-miles long, in that
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The speed limit by a new park in Chippewa Falls is about to be lowered. Last June, a park opened in a housing development on the city’s East Hill in an area commonly called the flats. The 2¼-acre parcel is at the intersection of Unity Road and Dutchman Drive. On Tuesday, the City Council held a first reading on an ordinance to reduce the speed on roads next to the park from 25 mph to 15 mph “when children are going to or playing within such area.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Saying the new Mills Fleet Farm distribution center is large doesn’t seem to do justice to the 1.1 million-square-foot facility in the northeast corner of Chippewa Falls. “If it were empty, we could hold 17 football fields,” said plant manager Julie Engdahl. The facility held a ceremonial sendoff Monday in which the first five semitrailer trucks loaded with products were shipped off to stores across the Midwest. The company continues to hire