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Park board hesitates to remove trees from downtown sidewalks



The La Crosse park board’s newest dilemma revolves around whether the city should be in favor of taking down more trees.

City crews have been removing ash trees for several years, to fight off the emerald ash borer.

Now, the park board is being asked to let a 5th Avenue business, the People’s Food Co-op, take out trees that are being blamed for sidewalk damage.

There’s a dispute over how many of the four trees are still alive.

Todd Olson is one board member who worries that the city might get into a bad habit of removing live trees, just because someone doesn’t want a tree on a sidewalk.

What the board did Thursday night was to postpone action on the request until January, so the city and the Co-op can work out a solution.

In other business, the park board approved the idea of selling engraved bricks — pavers  as a way to raise money for a new canopy at the Riverside Park bandstand.

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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