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Parking benefit district and Highway 16 projects get committee OK

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The idea of setting up parking benefit districts in La Crosse was approved Tuesday by one city council committee. 

The judiciary committee gave the OK to the plan allowing neighborhoods to collect money for on-street parking. That money would then need to be spent on projects which would benefit that part of town. 

Committee member Jessica Olson wants the council to have some oversight of how the money is spent, because council members will receive phone calls and complaints about the program.

Mayor Tim Kabat supports an amendment to broaden the types of programs, which could get money in those parking districts, to include things like neighborhood cleanup and garbage hauling.

The committee also approved a couple of developments proposed along Highway 16 near Valley View Mall.

Plans for new apartments and a Castle Realty office near Gillette Street will go to the full council.

Scott Neumeister was opposed to the apartment plan, but has since changed his mind. Neumeister, however, still wants something done to reduce traffic problems on and near 16, which he calls an “absolute nightmare.”

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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  1. George Caplan

    February 6, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I thought the purpose of charging for parking was to alleviate congestion after reading this it appears it was a money grab to bribe residents living near the college, what a stupid idea. now neighborhoods everywhere will want to charge for parking and why shouldnt they be able to?

  2. Louis Friend

    February 6, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    The city is getting a little off track here. Garbage hauling is a service the city has already contracted a 3rd party to provide citywide. How is it a good idea to disarately empower and encourage neighborhoods to collect parking fees to pay for a service already provided to them? The citizens of the city deserve better governance from their counsil, the mayor & city departments. This idea is just lazy!

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