On Janesville City Council to consider advertising revenue
I think many things are wrong with this potential revenue source, some of which are already posted. I note the Council would have final say - so doesn't that open the members to potential discrimination hassles - such as, what if the KKK wants to buy an ad and forks over the money? Should they accept or deny the request? What if the NRA proponents or opponents want to buy an ad? I'd be shocked if the City attorney even hinted that he thought this revenue source was worth considering. I recommend the Council simply vote no quickly to this proposal and move on to the next item.
On Man, vehicle stuck in Traxler Park lagoon
I drove down there and a bystander said empty beer cans were floating out the car windows...
On Janesville water rates will promote conservation
Are the water & sewer treatment facilities enterprise funds, having rates that cover the cost of operations? If not, they should be. Secondly, where I live, residents are charged quarterly, with 6000 gallons as a minimum - seniors (age 65+) get a 10% discount - not sure how gallons equate to cubic feet - charge increases per gallon over the 6000 min. We have a 4% automatic increase annually in rates with the option for the council to increase that amount more if the operation need warrants it. Water conservation is handled by allowing residents to water only on even or odd days, depending on their street number.
On Drop in income forces Madison diocese to cut costs
I venture to say Bishop Morlino is the problem for decreased contributions. The biggest thing he brings to the table as Bishop is his lack of humility.
On Are GM pensions in peril?
If employer opts, it is usually allowable for retirees to take a lump sum distribution versus an annuity, paying monthly, etc. This is the exact reason - the retiree has control of their money, not prior employer. Years ago, when life was simple, including the investment world, monthly annuity payouts were the norm. The last twenty years or so have been completely different. Companies go bankrupt, investment houses are plentiful. I would never leave a retirement benefit connected with a prior employer, regardless of the number of years of service but rather roll it in to an IRA and retain professional advice for investing guidance, if needed.
On City officials consider mass-notification system for future emergencies
I previously posted on an article on the water thing and will do again in case the city fathers read the blog - Janesville should look in to Connect-CTTY, a program originally developed for schools for closings, etc. The Company is now marketing to municipalities - my northern IL town purchased it about a year ago. It's a perfect program for instant notification, whether it's required for an entire town or simply a targeted area. The Company loads all phone numbers within the town in to the system. Residents have an opt out option as well as the ability to add additional numbers, such as cell or office, etc. as well as email addresses. Our public works department has used it for area roadwork projects, water shutoffs, water or sewer line issues, etc. The amount of time it takes to notify residents is the amount of time it takes to record a message. It can also be programmed to be sent at a certain time, for example if roads are to be closed for a marathon, etc. If the City pursues looking into this program, I believe the City should only cover the expense incurred for those living in the City limits and just be for City Department use, not for the Janesville School District - they have their own revenue sources.
On Janesville boil-water advisory lifted
EMMO, who cares if it was an advisory or ban - that's not the point of my post. There has to be an improved way of communication with residents, whether it involves all or just targeted areas.
My town of 12,600 uses Connect-CTTY which is a phone/email or both notification system. It cost about $10,000 to implement it and it's the best thing the town ever did. When either a citywide or specific location notification is needed, a message is sent out. I happen to receive mine on my home phone, cell phone and email addresses. If a neighborhood's water is being turned off, or road construction is going to begin requiring water or electric, etc. being shut down, etc. a notification message is sent. It can also target age specific, say a senior citizen issue, a simply notify them. Company originally started for use for school districts (for closings, etc.) and now targets municipalities. They load all phone numbers into their system and allow residents to opt out or add additional notification numbers, etc. Janesville should pursue this program as this water issue required far more personnel on duty than would have been required..plus everyone would have known about it other than those who have internet access or happened to hear it on the radio. The affected businessowners also would have heard about it as well as the lifting of the ban versus getting a call from the Health Dept., again which required a lot of man hours to notify them.
On NLRB to rule on union election at RathGibson
I can't help but wonder if the employees who voted in favor of the union are living under a tarp so are unaware not only of the economy nationwide but also specifically of Janesville's. They're lucky to have jobs. To contact a union for potential implementation because of reduced benefits when some employees have no benefits is absolutely ridiculous.
On Heroin injects Rock County
Hopefully these heroin stories will shed light on users, potential users and families who suspect someone is a user. Dealers don't discriminate when peddling their wares to get users hooked. To me informing readers of the existing heroin problem here with the intention of ending its popularity and use is far more important than all the squabbling that happened on whether beer sales should be allowed at the Ice Arena. There's no comparison between heroin use and buying a beer at sporting event.
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