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Wanted: more leaf collectors in La Crosse

Brad Williams

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The La Crosse Board of Public Works has been talking this month about leaf pickup, asking for a study of possible changes in the system. 

Board member Gary Padesky said La Crosse could have used more early leaf collection last fall, when the city also had early snow.

Public Works would like Mayor Tim Kabat to find city workers from outside the street department to help with leaf collection. 

That could give street workers extra time to finish other projects before winter really sets in.      

City street crews made five passes to pick up leaves, from Oct. 1 to mid-January. 

They picked up 670 loads of leaves around La Crosse — the lowest number in almost 10 years. 

On top of that, cost of collection rose to a decade-high $276,000.

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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