Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:13 AM CST
Partly Cloudy
Temperature
34°F
Dew Point
34°F
Humidity
100%
Wind
ENE at 9 mph
Barometer
29.74 in. F
Visibility
1.50 mi.
Sunrise
07:29 a.m.
Sunset
04:22 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 37 to 32 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 11 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is predicted.
7-Day Forecast
Monday
37°F / 32°F
Light Rain/Snow
Tuesday
40°F / 32°F
Light Rain
Wednesday
36°F / 23°F
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday
29°F / 24°F
Cloudy
Friday
33°F / 22°F
Light Snow
Saturday
22°F / 0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday
23°F / 0°F
Light Snow
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:13 AM CST
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 37 to a low of 32 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 10 and 16 miles per hour from the eastnortheast. 0.34 inches of rain are expected. 1.00 inch of snow is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 32 to 34 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 14 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is predicted.
Overnight ...Temperatures will remain steady at 34 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 12 and 16 miles per hour from the northeast. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 40 to a low of 32 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 3 and 16 miles per hour from the south. 0.39 inches of rain are expected. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.

Local control

Dec. 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Dear Editor:

Local units of government are more able to tailor their policies to fit local conditions and preferences.

In addition, citizens are closest to and therefore more able to monitor and influence the activities of their local government.

About two months ago a republican authored bill (SB349) was introduced to pre-empt local regulations for non-metallic mining, which includes frac sand. This also would cover surface water, groundwater, and air quality.

It would also prevent local municipalities from recovering the cost of road repairs from the trucks hauling sand. At the same time the roads are deteriorating at a faster rate than they are being repaired. This means more damaged roads in our state and a greater cost to the local taxpayer's to repair them.

Local control can be difficult at times when it comes to utility or coal plants coming in. The not-in-my-backyard syndrome can be detrimental to the public good.

Local town boards aren't always knowledgeable enough and individual members don't want to be the bad guys. Therefore the state does need some standards to guide them and support structures to assist them.

However, the citizens of Chippewa Falls should decide how long the train can block County Highway S. If a resident next to a mine site has lights in their house all night, their local town board should be able to require the mine company to build a berm, not a bureaucrat in Madison.

The bill's authors want to streamline and standardize the rules and regulations for the booming industry.

I don't believe our local environment and local tax payers should be held liable for streamlining. It was our uniqueness that attracted the companies to our area

I encourage local residents to learn more about this issue, contact their elected officials in opposition, and actively engage in their local affairs.

Jeff Peck

Cadott

Chippewa County Farmers Union President

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