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TOWN OF ONALASKA — If the town of Onalaska becomes a village as town board members hope, it’s going to be called Midway.

The Onalaska Town Board unanimously approved the Midway moniker at a special board meeting Tuesday. It’s a name that has some history in the town. The unincorporated settlement at the crossroads of Hwys. OT, XX and ZN, which includes the town hall, is called Midway.

Some board members favored Charleston, which they said was the name of the enclave before it became Midway, possibly a nickname referring to its geographic location between La Crosse and Galesville. Other suggestions included calling it Lake Onalaska after the town’s most prominent resource and Lytle after the man who donated the lumber to build the town hall, as well as Onalake, Prairie Hills, Asbury and Brightwater, which board member Sandy Thompson said is the “Indian” meaning of Onalaska.

Although Town Chairman Rolly Bogert said he wouldn’t mind calling it the village of Onalaska, he saw the value in a name change. The town clerk probably gets 20 calls a day from people who are actually trying to reach the city of Onalaska, he said, and the town had a long delay in collecting grant money for work on the town shop because it was misrouted to the city.

Bogert doesn’t expect problems over changes to postal addresses and delivery. It’s unlikely the U.S. Postal Service would issue a new ZIP code for Midway, he said.

The town is seeking incorporation as a village to prevent Holmen or the city of Onalaska from annexing town property, which Bogert said diminishes the town’s tax base. “I think they’ve taken enough from us,” he said. “I think we need to set (the boundaries) in stone.”

There will be nothing halfway about the town’s efforts to collect petition signatures to start the process of becoming the village of Midway. The state requires only the signatures of 50 registered town voters who own property, but Bogert is shooting much higher. He wants to collect signatures that represent half of the people eligible to sign, which he estimated would be 1,500 to 1,800 people.

Only two people are allowed to collect signatures on the petition, a primary and an alternate custodian. The board voted to make Bogert primary and Town Clerk Melissa Erdman the alternate. They must collect the first signature on the petition by June 29 and have six months before the petition must be submitted.

A circuit court will review the petition, and the proposal must also pass a voter referendum.

Holmen and the city of Onalaska can challenge the town’s bid to become a village in court, and Holmen seems certain to mount a challenge. The Holmen Village Board held a closed-door discussion at the end of its meeting Thursday about challenging the town’s incorporation and voted to seek requests for proposals for legal representation on both the incorporation challenge and to defend an annexation being contested by the town.

Holmen Village Administrator Scott Heinig would not give specifics about the grounds for an incorporation challenge, but he was clear that a challenge was ahead. “We’re prepared to expend whatever resources are necessary to defeat what the town is proposing,” he said.

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JSTEIN

LETS GIVE OUR TOWN THE NAME "LAKE ONALASKA" .
WE HAVE BEEN A PART OF ONALASKA FOR YEARS. Please voice your opinion...CALL OR WRITE THE TOWN HALL AND TELL THEM YOU WOULD LIKE TO CALL OUR TOWN " LAKE ONALASKA". NOT MIDWAY.

Lake Onalaska, WI
or
Midway, Wisconsin

Tell all your neighbors and friends.
Lake Onalaska, WI
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Onalaska Holmen Courier- Life News

If the town of Onalaska becomes a village as town board members hope, it’s going to be called Midway.
Address: W7052 2nd St, Onalaska, WI 54650
Phone:(608) 783-4958

JSTEIN

LETS GIVE OUR TOWN THE NAME "LAKE ONALASKA" .
WE HAVE BEEN A PART OF ONALASKA FOR YEARS. Please voice your opinion...CALL OR WRITE THE TOWN HALL AND TELL THEM YOU WOULD LIKE TO CALL OUR TOWN " LAKE ONALASKA". NOT MIDWAY.

Lake Onalaska, WI
or
Midway, Wisconsin

Tell all your neighbors and friends.
Lake Onalaska, WI

Onalaska Town Hall
Address: W7052 2nd St, Onalaska, WI 54650
Phone:(608) 783-4958


http://lacrossetribune.com
Onalasaka Holmen Courier- Life News

If the town of Onalaska becomes a village as town board members hope, it’s going to be called Midway.

debadger1

Once again, a small portion of the community gets to make the decision for the whole. Maybe the Town of Onalaska should hold there own referendum to determine if we should proceed with becoming a village. I perfer not being part of Onalaska, Holmen or a new Midway. Town of Onalaska is good enough for me. I'm afraid if we continue to proceed with becoming a village and with all the possible legal battles that might take place, who is going to pay for all of it? It's going to be us. Our form of goverment always say it's for the best, but is that really true. Maybe Onalaska, Holmen and the township needs to sit down together and build a road map for our future that the majority of the people will except. Town of Onalaska people, if we continue to let the proceeding happen in order to perserve a tax base, trust me your taxes still will go up. To all the surounding communities in the area, leave the Town of Onalaska alone. We are doing just fine.

First base

The meeting was an open meeting for everyone to attend. The Town will hold a referendum,state law. If noting in the Town changes, I.E. become a village, you may well be part of Lacrosse, Holmen or Onalaska. Read the State statutes. That should answer your ?. The Town has sat down and made attempts to discuss boundries but when one side is a bully their is no negotiation. I wish letting our neighbors know that the Towns populus is satisfied with our current status as a Township would work. Unfortunitly their are those that think of themselves only. The ONLY way to stop the encroachment upon the town is to become a Village. It is not for want but because of need to survive.

Opus

What about those who live in the Town of Onalaska but don't live on the prairie? How does this name that is specific to that area reflective of the whole township.
Bogert complains about the "balloon on a string" that was created when Holmen annexed property recently, what about that section that is not contiguous with the prairie portion? Isn't it the same thing? Or is the master plan to just let that section get annexed by Holmen too?

First base

Look at the a map ( lacrosse zoning.) we are continuous.

Bozoputer

Did anybody think about that everyone that lives in the Town of Onalaska will have to change the address on their drivers license, and other documents? Who is going to pay for that? It's a financial hardships. I am invoking the same argument the folks against showing ID to vote are. Something to think about.

dairyman

A village does not get automatically get a new Post Office when it incorporates. With postal cutbacks it is highly unlikely to happen. The village of Melvina in Monroe County has Cashton addresses.

A1CRandy

Bozoputer, you are wrong. A person does not have to go to the DMV everytime they move because they reside at a different address. A simple address change on the state DMV website does that. There is no financial hardship for having to change the city on a address for individuals residing in the Town of Onalaska.

Frankly

Legal war has already begun. Holmen will attack first. There will be annexation petitions annexing territory to that village. The city of Onalaska will soon join in the fray. All of this will lead to partition of the town, much faster than previously thought.

eye spy

Since there a small version of Onalaska, maybe they should change it to "Ona". That seems to be all I hear now anyways.

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