La Crosse, Onalaska reach ‘groundbreaking’ sewage agreement

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The cities of Onalaska and La Crosse have reached an agreement to share sewer services after years of negotiations, in a move the two mayors called “groundbreaking.”

Onalaska has contracted its wastewater treatment out to the city of La Crosse for decades; however, they struggled to find terms both municipalities agreed to in 2019 when the agreement last expired.

The new agreement was approved by both cities Common Councils this week.

“Through respectful communication, we have been able to forge an agreement that addresses the legitimate needs of both communities,” said Onalaska Mayor Kim Smith.

La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds says the agreement creates a model for regional cooperation. “Mayor Smith and I recognize that the economic health and environmental sustainability of this region depend on cooperation and collaboration,” he said; “This long-awaited agreement is better for all of us.”

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