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Council member hopes to block La Crosse police plan for paid street parking

Mitch Reynolds

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It’s not often do you see La Crosse city council members to unusual lengths to block city department programs.

But, one member wants to push back a bit on police plans for paid street parking.

Council member Justice Weaver feels this is an unusual situation. He represents the largely college district around the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

His main beef with the plan is the lack of communication with which the plan was developed.

“We didn’t really get to talk about it and a lot of people on our committee don’t really want the pay-to-park program,” Weaver said.

Police have been given approval by the city’s public works board to start a paid street parking pilot program around UW-L and Western Technical College.

But Weaver has introduced a measure that would overturn the the program.

He says college students are frustrated with it for a couple of reasons.

“One, I guess they don’t know much about it,” Weaver said, “and two, they weren’t involved in the process of it happening.”

A city council committee votes on Weaver’s plan tonight. The paid street parking program was set to start within weeks.

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