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Fence restrictions voted down by La Crosse city council

Brad Williams

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The city of La Crosse will not prevent homeowners from putting up some specific kinds of fences in their front yards. 

Council members have voted against an amendment to a fence ordinance. 

If the amendment had passed, the city would have banned putting chain-link fencing or unpainted wood fences along public sidewalks. 

Opponents on the council pointed out that the change was being proposed with almost no public notice, and argued that many families use the kind of fences they can afford.

In other council business, the plan to open a resource office for the homeless on 5th Avenue officially has been rejected. 

Neighbors had spoken out against the plan, and Thursday night’s vote was a formality because Catholic Charities had already withdrawn the idea.    

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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