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Onalaska mayor hosts first public forum

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Onalaska residents attended the first of five planned forums March 2 at City Hall.

The forum was focused on the topic of public safety.

There were presentations from both the fire chief and police chief, with each of them taking questions afterward.

Onalaska organized the forums as a way to encourage communication and working together between locals and City Hall.

"These quality of life symposiums...this being the first one...are going to bring the community together, give them an opportunity to forum in which they can voice their opinions and ask questions, and just get a better grasp of what's going on in the city of Onalaska," Mayor Joe Chilsen said.

Thirty-year Onalaska resident Lee Strozinsky agrees. "This is the first time that I think the Mayor has aggressively said 'Hey, I want to hear what the community is thinking and saying'...and in the past it was always 'well, if you want to go to a council meeting or something like that'...so...I decided that I was going to take the morning and come down and hear what was going on...besides, they got free doughnuts!," he said.

If you missed the forum, there are four more planned, each one honing in on a specific topic.

Remaining forums include:

March 9: Education
March 16: Health Care
March 23: Economic Development
April 6: Community Programming


Each forum is held at Onalaska City Hall, from 9am-12pm.

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