Prairie du Chien Common Council approves disposition of K-9 Aja

By Correne Martin

Following closed session Tuesday night, the Prairie du Chien Common Council voted 8-3 to approve the disposition of K-9 dog Aja from the Prairie du Chien Police Department, as part of a termination settlement. Those opposed included Kyle Kozelka, Jamie Wagar and Ron Leys. The action is contingent on approval of the settlement by the Police and Fire Commission and the other party involved in the settlement.

Since 2006, Officer Heather Gokey has been the caretaker/handler of K-9 Aja. No further information is available from the city at this time.

15th St. stop signs
New stop signs will soon be installed at two intersections on 15th Street in Prairie du Chien, thanks to the city council’s approval Tuesday night of a public works committee recommendation.

With the development of the 22nd Street project and Woodridge Acres Subdivision, the proposed signs were researched by Police Chief Chad Abram and Co-Managers of Public Works Terry Meyer and Larry Gates. They agreed to place two stop signs at the intersections of 15th and Campion and 15th and Brunson.

According to a memo from Abram, Meyer and Gates to City Administrator Aaron Kramer and the public works committee, the decision was based on several criteria: traffic volumes during school commute, speeds that have been observed in the past years by the police department, amount of pedestrian traffic, and the development of houses for increased traffic. They believe the installment of these signs will help control the speeds of vehicles during heavy traffic times, creating a safer route for any pedestrians using the road.

Staff will report back to the council in August on possible funding sources for installing LED stop signs.

The council’s vote on the stop sign installation was 9-2, with Sharon Boylen and Ron Leys opposed.

Hess Auto relocation
Ken Hess addressed the council Tuesday night on his plans to relocate his business, Hess Auto and Tire. The relocation will be from the intersection of Marquette Road and Wisconsin Street, where roundabouts are to be installed, to block 13 of Clark’s Subdivision, in the brick building just south of Pizza Hut. The city’s plan commission approved a Certified Survey Map of the new location at its July 15 meeting. The council also approved the map.

Woodridge Acres lottery
According to a report given by Administrator Kramer Tuesday night, the land lottery was held on July 8 and all three eligible realty entities within the city of Prairie du Chien participated. Each company drafted 12 lots for sale. A pre-construction meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 17, as the city moves forward with the construction phase of the project.

Other business
Administrator Kramer informed the council during his report he still had not seen a ruling on the Haydn Street crossing, but expected one very shortly. No formal action taken.

Also after closed session, the council approved the sale of the city property located at 941 S. 1st St. According to Kramer, this allows the Lessard family to raise their property and get their home and buildings out of the flood plain.

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