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Fire department gets approval for warmer shower room at Station 1

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La Crosse’s fire department is being granted a couple of additions to its remodeling plans for Fire Station No. 1 on Market Street.

The city Board of Public Works approved plumbing and electrical work, which will let the fire crew move a washer and dryer out of an area used for other equipment.

The board, at its weekly Monday morning meeting, also voted for extra insulation on an outside wall of the fire station, next to a planned shower room.

Assistant fire chief Jeff Murphy said during the meeting that fire officials realized the shower room would be on a north wall, “and we questioned the designers about whether that was was gonna be extremely cold in those showers. They agreed with us, and came up with a plan to insulate those outside walls for those showers.”

Suggested changes would add about $14,000 to a project, which costs over $400,000.

In other public works action, another busy residential block near UW-La Crosse is going to get a two-hour parking limit, during weekday hours.

The board voted to impose the two-hour limit on the south side of the 2,200 block of Park Drive, near the university and Myrick Park.

The restriction is designed to cut down on the number of student vehicles being parked on that street during class days, especially near a group of student apartments.

A similar time limit was approved earlier this year on one block of a north-south street that connects to Park Drive.

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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