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Change in La Crosse’s alt-side parking rules passes council committee

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A La Crosse city council committee is backing a proposed change in alternate-side parking rules. 

The judiciary committee supports the idea of starting winter parking no earlier than November 15th, but starting enforcement only after the first 2-inch snowfall of the season. 

Council member Gary Padesky says whenever the rules start, city crews will need some time in the fall to clean the gutters before the snow, to avoid flooding.    

Drivers have complained in the past about tickets being given out for parking on the wrong side of the street, weeks before any snow falls. 

Assistant police chief Rob Abraham tells the committee that mid-November would be the absolute earliest for the odd-even rules to start, and once the enforcement begins, the alternate-side law would stay in effect until March 15th. 

The full city council votes on the change next week.            

In other council business, a former rehab center on West Avenue in La Crosse could be coming down soon, and some neighbors aren’t happy about the idea. 

The judiciary committee is being asked to allow the demolition of the old ‘Coulee Council on Addictions’ building. 

The Coulee Council moved to a new site close to Viterbo a couple of years ago. 

The lot would be used for parking and a new drive-up lane for Taco John’s next door. 

Neighbors worry about increased traffic, and light and noise pollution at night if the building is taken down. 

The committee has delayed action for a month, to allow for negotiations with the owner of Taco John’s.  

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.