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Landfill could take out-of-county trash
- Under a proposal intended to increase revenue, Janesville's city-owned landfill could start taking trash from outside Rock County. Read more >>
Plaza teardown cost estimate jumps
- Some Janesville City Council members are blanching at the potential $4.5 million cost to remove the downtown parking plaza. Read more >>
Central Fire Station costs falling in line
- Janesville's Central Fire Station plans have passed muster by a special committee tasked with carving more than $1 million from the early estimated cost of the controversial project. Read more >>
Transit wants to replace buses
- The cost of running public transit in Janesville would nearly double next year under a budget proposal that asks the city to pay for five new buses. Read more >>
Outlook grave at Oak Hill Cemetery?
- As grave site sales and funds at the city-owned Oak Hill Cemetery continue to dwindle, Janesville City Council member Matt Kealy, is asking the city to consider privatizing operations at the cemetery. Read more >>
City economic coordinator resigning
- Ryan Garcia, the city's economic development coordinator announced his resignation effective Nov. 15, according to a city release on Wednesday. Garcia is taking a post with a private economic development firm in St. Paul, M... Read more >>
Stray cat pickup program on the chopping block
- The city of Janesville is considering backing out of a stray cat pickup program. The city's police chief says it would save about $70,000 the city now pays the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for the program. Read more >>
Downtown bar to feature ribs, country
- Two Janesville brothers with a history of turning around troubled taverns will try it again in downtown Janesville. Read more >>
The referendum of what?
- Call it the Janesville question with no subject, or the referendum that's uncertain of its own purpose. Read more >>
Loans could help downtown cleanup
- City of Janesville officials hope a new city loan program will help drive cleanup and private redevelopment of about 60 designated brownfield sites near the downtown riverfront area. Read more >>
Fourth Warders tackle problems
- A new neighborhood committee of seven Fourth Ward residents stirring a witch's brew Thursday night that turned from talk of a fun block party to problems in the city's oldest neighborhood. The Gazette takes a look inside. Read more >>
City council OKs $2.4M TIF deal
- A deal between local Developer Jeffrey Helgesen and the city of Janesville to add 350,000 square feet of industrial space on the south side business park is a go. Read more >>
Closed-meeting notes to be revealed
- The city of Janesville wants to release a glut of closed-session city council meeting minutes spanning back as far as 2009—records that as of yet haven't seen the light of day in public. Read more >>
Walker pitches 'comeback' plan
- Gov. Scott Walker used a tour at Janesville manufacturing facility Precision Micro Tool on Thursday as a campaign stop to highlight his new "Continuing Wisconsin's Comeback" plan. Read more >>
Fire station homes up for bids
- A dozen homes in the footprint of the planned Central Fire Station are up for grabs for anyone who'd want to move them. Read more >>
Janesville officials eye shared revenue
- The Gazette looks at the city of Janesville's cut in state revenue, one of the wheels that drives the city's budget. It's a wheel remains frozen at levels much lower than other peer communities in the state, and the city is... Read more >>
Estimates: Fire station over budget
- First-blush estimates show costs for the planned Central Fire Station project in Janesville are at least $1 million over the budget the city council set in April, according to a project consultant's analysis. Read more >>
Council ignores McCoy petitions
- The Janesville City Council signaled Monday it is done dealing with resident Billy McCoy's direct legislation petitions. Read more >>
Janesville's Fourth Ward in fear?
- Fourth Ward resident Gina Smith believes she's seen drug dealing in her neighborhood this summer rise to a peak she hasn't seen in more than a decade. Read more >>
Council to take no action on petitions
- Janesville City Council President DuWayne Severson said the council plans to do nothing with the petitions filed by Bill McCoy. Read more >>
Just call it City Hall
- Janesville City Council members will consider changing the name of the city's municipal building at 18. N. Jackson St. to City Hall. Read more >>
Tavern patios going dog friendly?
- Janesville is tweaking its restaurant and tavern rules to allow people to take their dogs onto patios and other outdoor seating areas at establishments that have state designation as dog friendly. Read more >>
New tavern at former Quotes site?
- A pair of Janesville residents seek to open a new tavern at the home of the former Quotes Bar & Grill, a tavern that in the past had proved to be something of a fight club. Read more >>
McCoy, council not eye-to-eye on petitions
- Though the Janesville City Council gave resident Billy McCoy's two petitions a big rebuff this week, McCoy said he believes at least one of the petitions is still on solid legal ground. Read more >>
Streets referendum will be on ballot
- Janesville residents will see a referendum on the November ballot asking them for $1.2 million a year to help remedy the city's faltering street maintenance program. Read more >>