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La Crosse city council chambers due for makeover

Brad Williams

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A makeover is planned this year on the first floor of La Crosse’s City Hall. 

The city board of public works is being asked to approve new designs for the lobby and city council chambers, which have gone mostly unchanged since the building opened 51 years ago. 

Since the pandemic began, the permanent audience seats in the chamber have been removed. 

A proposed redesign would put the 13 city council members at one table in the front of the room, facing the audience instead of facing the mayor or the committee chair. 

Audience seating would be in movable chairs, instead of bolted-down theater seats. 

The redesign would coincide with a project to remove asbestos from City Hall. 

The council has had most of its meetings on Zoom during the pandemic, with very few people sitting in the City Hall council chamber. 

The suggested design resembles the look of the Onalaska city council chamber, and the La Crosse County board room.  

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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