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Plan commission sets different rules on fences in La Crosse, depending where the fence is used

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A La Crosse city committee approved one kind of fence for city property and turned down fencing for another type of land.

The City Plan Commission gave the OK for a privacy fence to be placed around the wastewater treatment plant on Isle La Plume, which is being expanded to include an energy-producing facility. Public safety is cited as a major reason for that fence.

Nearby, Houska Park will not be fenced off while it’s used as a campground for unsheltered people.

A proposed rule for putting fences around city-owned campgrounds is being turned down, because it was written specifically for use at the Maple Grove Motel. Since the city dropped plans to buy the motel as a site for the homeless, the new rule is not needed.

La Crosse chief inspector David Reinhart said at the meeting that kind of fence would require spots to look through, to see what’s inside, which would help firefighters if they are called to the property.

Fences for the wastewater plant could also keep people from getting to electrical equipment being installed there.

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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