Letter from Rep. Petryk: Propane shortage continues
Propane Shortage Continues
As many of you know, the state continues to suffer from a shortage of propane. Due to this crisis, the Governor has declared a state of emergency for Wisconsin.
Since the start of the propane shortage, the State Division of Energy Services (DES) has been receiving multiple incidents of late deliveries, reduced amounts of propane being delivered, and an overall lack of the fuel. This shortage stems from an extremely cold winter season as well as a very wet fall. Also, a major pipeline that transports propane was temporarily out of order due to maintenance issues. Due to the increase in demand because of cold weather and a decrease in supply coming to Wisconsin, propane prices have gone up to as high as $7.00 per gallon.
Governor Walker has taken several proactive steps in an effort to help those who need to obtain propane. The Governor has approved longer hours for truck drivers transporting propane. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has decreased weight restrictions in order to have as much propane delivered as possible. The Governor has also contacted the Federal Trade Commission and asked them to review the sudden change in the price of propane to ensure that no prohibited actions are taking place.
Furthermore, $8.5 million in additional funds for heating assistance has been allocated due to the shortage. Governor Walker also worked with the President to have the remaining Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance program funds released.
In his continued effort to bring Wisconsin safely through the propane shortage, Governor Walker is asking for the names of any businesses that have closed due to the lack of fuel. His office is researching the possibility of programs that may be able to assist a business that is suffering from the lack of propane. If you are a business owner and are struggling to obtain propane or you have been forced to close your doors, please contact the Governor’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (608) 266-1212.
Safety is of the utmost importance during this time. Please make sure to check on your neighbors, family, and friends that may be affected by this. Also, keep a watchful eye on your propane amount to ensure that you do not run out. If you are in need of assistance obtaining propane, please call 1-866-432-8947 or visit http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/.
Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls Celebrates 1st Anniversary
On Tuesday, February 4th, I attended and sang at the 1st anniversary celebration of the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls. The facility opened on February 4th, 2013 and within 5 months of operation, the veterans home was running at full capacity and now has a waiting list.
As always, the goals of our state’s veterans homes are to provide skilled nursing care in a safe and friendly environment to those who have selflessly served our country and their spouses. The Chippewa Falls veterans home is decorated in a way so as our veterans feel they are at home. Inspired by the “north woods,” the home has many homey touches including multiple fireplaces where the residents can enjoy a warm fire on a cool winter’s night, as well as wooded acreage surrounding the facility. Also, the residents can feel right at home with their own whirlpool tub, ceiling lift, dining area, lounge area, and kitchenette.
The Chippewa Falls veterans home provides high quality care to our aging veterans. I am impressed by the level of care and kindness of the entire staff at the home from the director, to the nursing staff, to those who provide environmental services. This is a wonderful environment where our state’s veterans can enjoy their golden years.
If you would like more information about the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, please feel free to call (715) 720-6775.
Boy Scouts of America Report to the State
I and my colleague, Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), were pleased to take part in the Annual Boy Scouts of America Report to the State. Both Representative Goyke and I are recipients of the Boy Scouts highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. Together, we participated in an active roundtable discussion with a group that consisted of seven Eagle Scouts from around the state.
This year’s report featured many positive programs for the Boy Scouts of America. In 2013, Wisconsin Boy Scouts recorded 208,000 hours of service to their communities, collected over one million pounds of food through the Scouting for Food program, and 842 Boy Scouts received the highest honor of Eagle Scout.
As an Eagle Scout myself, I know firsthand the importance of the Boy Scout program for our state’s youth. I was truly honored to be asked to take part in this great event at the Capitol to honor the Scouts and their selfless commitment to their communities.
Leaders of the organization, as well as youth members and their families, attended the event at the Capitol to share the successes the Boy Scouts of America bring not only to the youth involved, but to their entire communities. The organization teaches real-life skills and helps to develop well-rounded and civic-minded citizens. For more information about the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.
Upcoming Events in the 93rd Assembly District
13th Annual Spring Valley Lion's Ice Fishing Derby
February 22nd, 2014, 9:00-2:00 p.m.
2014 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10-1:30 p.m.
National Guard Armory
1730 North Lane, Eau Claire