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La Crosse’s city plan commission reviews spending ideas for 2020



What gets done next year, and what can wait? 

City leaders in La Crosse are starting to tackle the capital improvement plan for the next five years. 

The city plan commission will have a public hearing next month on priorities for 2020. 

Some of the items, which are being delayed beyond next year, include a study aimed at preventing washouts on Bliss Road, a $36 million law enforcement facility for the police and fire departments, and improved security for the city hall lobby. 

One or two city fire stations could be built soon, as well. 

Fire Chief Ken Gilliam told the plan commission that his first building priority is to replace the 80-year-old north-side fire station on Gillette Street. 

Gilliam is also scouting locations on the far south side for a fifth fire station. 

The proposed cost for a new north-side fire station is $6.5 million.   

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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