There might be some more clarity today on what to do with an alley to nowhere on La Crosse’s north side.
Neighbors want the city to vacate a chunk of an alley so they can make it green space. The 40-foot area was shut off due to changes to George St., near Kwik Trip, during recent DOT work.
A city council member is pushing for it. Engineers seem OK with the change.
The fire department, however, isn’t happy. That’s because the city’s own fire codes — apparently because fire trucks don’t have room to turn around at the end — appear to prohibit, not only new changes to the alley, but those that had been negotiated with the DOT by the city council in the first place.
During a recent meeting, city engineer Randy Turtenwald admitted the city had “kind of got ourselves in a pickle” over the alley.
The city’s board of public works could come up with solution to the dispute during Monday morning’s meeting.