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The $50 sprinkler fee in La Crosse could disappear but no remedy for unregistered systems

Brad Williams

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Rule has been in place five years but never enforced until now 

A $50 fee for keeping sprinklers in La Crosse boulevards is one step away from being abolished.

Tuesday, a council committee voted to repeal the permit fee, which was passed five years ago but not enforced until recently.

Mayor Tim Kabat says 622 of those systems have city permits but city experts say around 1,900 are unpermitted.

The city wants to know where the underground sprinklers are located in order to avoid problems when digging needs to be done on a boulevard.

Kabat is asking for further review of the sprinkler rule, saying he doesn’t have a good remedy for the problem of unpermitted sprinkler systems.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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