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La Crosse city council decides that motel purchase for homeless could be cancelled, if motel owner doesn’t fix building problems

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The La Crosse city council has given itself the option to cancel the purchase of a south-side motel for sheltering the homeless, if the owner of the motel does not make certain improvements.

At a special session Monday night, the council voted unanimously to consider revoking the February purchase of the Maple Grove Motel, if the property owner fails to correct problems found in a recent inspection.

“We found a significant number of items that we’d like to cure,” Mayor Mitch Reynolds told the council. “We’ve asked the owner of the property to cure the items in the inspection report.”

Reynolds says without a vote from the council, the city would not have the power to reverse its decision to purchase the motel.

The council voted last month to use $1.2 million in federal ARPA funds, in addition to other money, to use Maple Grove as a temporary shelter.

Speakers at the special meeting said the Salvation Army should be involved in discussions to provide more shelter for the homeless, and argued that the city was acting improperly without approval from the taxpayers on the motel purchase.

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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  1. R head

    March 15, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Looks like Mitch found out people in La Crosse don’t like baby setting the homeless. Looks like the hotel idea was a bad idea now he bit a fat hog in the ass. Liberals all have bad policies , essentially stupid liberals

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