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Competing plans to change alt-side parking discussed in La Crosse

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s city council will debate a change to alternate-side parking rules in the next two weeks. 

On Tuesday night, the council judiciary committee will take up an amendment to delay the start of the winter parking plan until the first two-inch snowfall after Nov. 15. 

Mayor Tim Kabat says many city residents want a change in the current system.

“We heard feedback from (a committee) that it was very unfair that people were getting tickets for failing to comply with alternate-side parking when there was no snow on the ground,” Kabat told the city’s neighborhood revitalization commission on Monday. 

The odd-even rules are in effect for four months each year —Nov. 15-March 15 — but a temporary halt to enforcement ended last week, after it snowed.

Assistant police chief Rob Abraham told the commission that Eau Claire tried emergency snow rules, without much success.

“Our parking utility coordinator had discussions with Eau Claire on why they went back,” Abraham said, “and essentially they said it just didn’t work. People just didn’t listen, they didn’t pay attention.”

The commission proposed a parking change in December, which would put alternate-side rules in effect temporarily, after a snowfall of 2-3 inches.

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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