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Eau Claire recycling fee could rise ■ The Eau Claire residents would Claire County Planning and pay $2 per Development household Committee per month in Eau Claire County (a small for recycling meets at 7 tonight in Room number of city residents live in while resi2560 of the Chippewa County) is expected dents living courthouse, 721 to generate an additional outside city $130,331 for the final six months limits would Oxford Ave. The meeting is open of the year, according to the pro- pay $33.60 to the public. posal. The remaining $121,211 per housewould come from the county's hold per contingency fund. year in 2012 and $24 per houseThe cost of recycling in the hold per year in 2013, Erickson county outside the city of Eau said. Claire is included in municipaliOther possible options to ties' tax levies, which can't be make up for the loss of grant altered in midyear, said James money include suspending recy"Mel" Erickson, county plancling for the last three months ning and development director, of the year and cutting the so the $121,211 would be repaid operation of both county brush next year with a fee charged to sites along with other operating county residents outside the city expenses. of Eau Claire. "There is no easy answer The county would use a to this," said Supervisor Gor$164,684 recycling fund surplus don Steinhauer, chairman of the Planning and Development to keep the fee increase lower Committee, who would like to than it would have been. see recycling continue. Recycling costs would rise "Recycling has kept a lot of during the next couple of years, stuff out of the landfill, so we if the proposed aid reduction need to look at all the options from the state is approved. in front of us," Steinhauer said In 2012 and 2013, city of Eau

Proposal in state budget could cost city residents more starting July 1 By Christena T. O'Brien

Leader Telegram staff Eau Claire residents could be asked to pay an additional $1.48 for each of the remaining six months of 2011 to continue recycling service, if a proposal in the 2011-13 state budget is approved. City residents pay 67 cents per month for recycling, but that could increase to $2.15 after the Legislature's budgetwriting panel recently reduced the amount of money available for recycling to the county and other Wisconsin municipalities. The Eau Claire County Planning and Development Committee is scheduled to discuss the possible fee increase today. Eau Claire County was awarded a state recycling grant of $710,800 for 2011. That amount has been reduced by $251,542, leaving local officials looking for ways to address the shortfall. The recycling fee increase for Eau Claire city residents living -

Monday. "We will work really hard to keep recycling from ending." Erickson expects the committee to act on the matter this month because of deadlines regarding hauler contracts.

Recycling shortfall Eau Claire County uses refuse haulers to provide curbside recycling service to people who live in designated service areas in all of Altoona, Augusta, Eau Claire, Fairchild, Fall Creek and the town of Washington, as well as subdivisions in the towns of Brunswick, Clear Creek, Pleasant Valley, Seymour and Union. The county pays haulers for the entire cost of recycling service, except in Eau Claire, where residents are billed by the hauler for a portion of the cost — the 67-cents charge per month — and the county is billed for the remainder. Supervisor Will Fantle, another member of the fivemember Planning and Development Committee, wants to learn more about the latest proposal. "I'm at least encouraged that Mel has been able to develop

School/Teacher accepted award in Ark. from Page 3A said Kristin Pressler, another thirdgrade teacher. Pressler and Landorf are members of Meadowview's wellness committee, which came up with healthy initiatives this year such as encouraging students to bike or walk to school and getting involved in Girls on the Run, an international program for girls in third through fifth grades that promotes running and other physical activities. Pressler was in Little Rock, Ark., on Monday to receive the school's medal. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation handed out awards — including bronze, silver, gold and platinum medals — to 275 schools this year. The alliance, which fights childhood obesity, was established in 2005 by the American Heart Association and former President Bill Clinton's foundation. Awards such as the one given to

Meadowview are presented through the alliance's Healthy Schools Program, which helps schools improve their wellness initiatives. Schools must participate in the proLandorf gram and meet certain benchmarks to receive awards. To earn a bronze medal, schools must — among other efforts — establish a wellness committee that meets regularly; Pressler offer breakfasts and lunches that meet federal nutrition standards; and provide a certain amount of time each week for physical education. Benchmarks to earn silver, gold or platinum

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awards are tougher. This is the first time Meadowview has received one of the awards, which have been given out since the 2006-07 school year. Only one other school in Wisconsin received an alliance award this year: Green Bay's Kennedy Elementary School earned a bronze medal. Previously, recess options at Meadowview during the winter were limited, Landorf said. Finding new ways to keep students active during winter months has helped them become more focused in class, she noted. "It's a good start to setting up habits for children that are healthy," Pressler said. Bennett can be reached at 715-8305832, 800-236-7077 or mclean. bennett@ecpc.com .

Food/Chippewa Falls pantries are small from Page 3A "There is a question if there is enough service," Moore said. Brown said she sees a need for more programs in Chippewa Falls. "We do have some food pantries, but they are very limited in the scope they serve," Brown said. "Salvation Army has a great food pantry, but they are limited

in the amount of food they can access and give out. The other food pantries in town are very small. There are just a lot of people not getting their basic needs met." Brown said one possibility is starting an entirely new pantry. Another option is to supplement one of the existing programs with more food or increase their hours of operation.

"Certain pantries are only open one day a week, or one day a month," Brown said. The need for food is increasing, Moore said, noting her organization has seen a 74 percent increase in the amount of food it distributes. "Definitely, it's going up," Moore said of demand for food. Brown agrees. "Some people may misuse it, but, as a whole, peo-

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for $10,386, of which $7,332 were from invoices McIntosh submitted for purchases that were not made. Reports indicate McIntosh submitThe club also received a check Dec. ted reimbursement forms to the Pepin County Snowmobile Association for costs 16, 2008, for $3,870, of which $2,722 was paid through fraudulent invoices. In one associated with repair and maintenance case, McIntosh reportedly submitted of trails by the Pepin Driftbusters Club. The costs eventually are covered by state false hours for trail maintenance and also altered numbers on an invoice for steel Department of Natural Resources funds. poles. Reports indicate McIntosh submitMcIntosh admitted submitting an ted claim forms that actually were only quotes for steel poles, 40-foot beams and invoice in December 2008 for $1,700, which actually was $1,100. lumber from various businesses over the McIntosh was not accused of using any past five years. The club received a check Sept. 4, 2007, funds for personal gain.

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ple are not," Brown said. While both Brown and Moore agree that the food pantries in Chippewa County work well together, they said organizers of each pantry rarely get together to discuss issues or concerns. "It's also to connect everyone and network," Brown said of the meeting. Vetter can be reached at 715-723-0303 or chris. vetter@ecpc.com.

some other options for us to look at," said Fantle, who hasn't decided if he'll support the alternative. "At least it gives us some flexibility Fantle here." Eau Claire County most likely won't have additional funds to put into its recycling program in 2012, said Supervisor Jim Dunning, noting the new jail under construction will require hiring additional staff next year. "We've got a problem to solve," said Dunning, a Planning and Development Committee member. "I just don't know how we're going to handle it." The Legislature is beginning debate this week on the budget, which includes the recycling proposal. The budget, once approved by the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker, will take effect July 1. O'Brien can be reached at 715830-5838, 800-236-7077 or christena.obrien@ecpc.com .

Lawsuit/Case alleged kids aggressively harassed player from Page 3A

principal and coach, but the bullying intensified. Beginning in early On or about Sept. 29, 2009, one of Wally 2009, some of Wally Ellenson's fellow students Ellenson's teammates punched or elbowed and teammates began him in the nose while to act toward him in an "aggressive, intimidating on the basketball court and harassing manner." at Memorial. He sought Old Abes coach Greg Van medical attention for his injuries. The following Grunsven also engaged month Ellenson said he in that conduct and "encouraged, permitted was grabbed around the neck from behind by a and tolerated" the same behavior directed specifi- teammate while he was attempting to dunk a cally at Wally Ellenson by his teammates. basketball. As he walked off the court, another In June 2009, John Ellenson, a counselor for teammate shoved him the Eau Claire school dis- and told him he wanted trict, notified Memorial's to meet in the parking then-principal, Tim Leib- lot. ham, that his son was District officials denied the allegation that Ellenbeing bullied and subjected to aggressive conson was the subject of "bullying, aggressive or duct, and Leibham said he would investigate, but intimidating conduct" by the coach or players on the behavior continued. In fall 2009, John the Memorial boys basand Holly Ellenson ketball team. advised Leibham of Van O'Brien can be reached at 715-830-5838, 800Grunsven's conduct and asked for a meeting. John 236-7077 or christena. obrien@ecpc.com . Ellenson met with the

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