Eau Claire leaders look to expand broadband, discuss mental health in 2019

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – The state of the county was the topic of discussion as members of the Eau Claire City Council joined the Chamber of Commerce ‘Eggs and Issues’ meeting Friday morning.

In the meeting, area leaders looked back on 2018 while giving a sneak peak at what they are looking to do in the new year – like expand broadband in rural areas and addressing issues with the criminal justice system.

Chamber President David Minor said they host a dozen meetings a year. Friday morning was the first meeting for 2019. Minor said the meetings are critical for members to understand what’s going on in the political world of the city, county and state. Friday’s speaker County Administrator Kathryn Schauf said the importance of the gathering was to share the city and county accomplishments of 2018.

“Also, share how they impact our future planning,” Schauf said. “How that future planning will actually begin to work together with partnerships and connections to solve the issues we are facing not only in Eau Claire County but the state as a whole.”

2018 accomplishments included the Confluence Project, road maintenance and the county’s lead in diversion in criminal justice. However, they also set goals for this year. Those goals include expanding broadband access to individuals and business, and reevaluating criminal justice policies and practices in juvenile justice and in “Stepping Up,” a program that acknowledges mental health issues in jail.

Shannon Hoyt

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