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La Crosse’s alternate-side parking could start early, go for 24 hours and have nothing to do with snow



La Crosse’s alternate-side parking policy could start early this year, be enforced 24 hours and, likely, have nothing to do with snow.

The parking rule could begin Oct. 14 to take care of leaf pickup. It could also go into effect 24 hours a day until pickup is done.

Monday, the La Crosse board of public works approved a general leaf schedule, leaving the parking hour discussion open.

The idea is to keep the curbside open as much as possible, to shorten the period of street-sweeping for fallen leaves.

The current plan is to pick up leaves on weekdays for two weeks, starting Oct. 14, then take a week off, and do two more weeks beginning Nov. 4.

That replaces a six week schedule, which was presented to the board in March.

Ten city trucks would be used for leaf removal. Regular street crews would be joined by workers borrowed from the water, park and wastewater departments, along with the MTU.

Scott Neumeister of the city council said leaf removal should be a yearly budget item for La Crosse.

“Whether we like it or not, or if it’s a fun job or not, that’s part of what we offer, and we aren’t going to discontinue it,” Neumeister said.

Changes in leaf collection have been suggested, because of past problems in removing all the leaves before they became buried under snow.

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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