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Cellphone pole approved for Riverside Park area

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La Crosse city leaders might not like how it looks, or where it’s placed, but that’s not enough of a reason to stop a cell phone pole from being installed in Riverside Park. 

That was the basic legal advice given to the La Crosse board of public works, which approved Monday installation of a 30-foot pole for Verizon at the west end of State Street. 

Members of that board, as well as the park board, had objected to the Verizon plan for a pole — designed to resemble a lamp post — to be placed near the Riverside Park entrance. 

Attorneys for Verizon argued that as a utility firm, it has permission from the state to install a tower along a public right-of-way. The company said other locations would not work as well to provide service to customers.

City planner Andrea Trane says the legal department looked into the matter, and said preserving the beauty of the park entrance isn’t a strong enough legal argument to keep the transmission pole out. 

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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