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La Crosse council meetings could move to community center temporarily

Brad Williams

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City council meetings in La Crosse could be moved to a community center for a few months this year, while their regular meeting room gets a makeover. 

The city board of public works was told on Monday about plans to remove asbestos from the council chambers and City Hall lobby between now and the end of the year. 

The first floor of City Hall would be remodeled after the asbestos is taken out.  Council meetings would be held temporarily at the Southside Community Center, near Gundersen.     

The remodeling might take until December to complete, but city park director Jay Odegaard says there’s a good chance it will be finished earlier.    

The council chambers have remained mostly unchanged from the way they were when City Hall opened in 1970. Some council desks were removed in previous years, and the permanent audience seating was taken out last year.

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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