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Future of Gillette fire station up for debate by city

Brad Williams

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The future of Fire Station 4 in north La Crosse will be debated some more over the next couple of weeks, as the city council begins its April cycle of meetings. 

On Monday, the city plan commission will take up a proposal to demolish the 80-year-old fire station, to make way for a more modern firehouse. 

Citizens have started a petition drive to preserve the current station, partly because of its artistic design. 

The city planning staff recommends delaying any vote on tearing down the station until a decision has been made on the historic designation.  

Four years ago, a fire station task force in La Crosse recommended demolishing the current Station 4, as part of a plan to build a newer firehouse on the same block.       

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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