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City committee considering expansion to climate, arts panels; beer gardens could get taller fences



Residents of La Crosse may get more chances to serve on City Hall committees, without having to run for office. 

The city council is considering plans to expand the Climate Action steering committee and the La Crosse arts board. 

The climate panel now has five members but hopes to add two more. New members would probably be chosen from a team of about 50 citizens, who worked on the climate plan passed by the city council back in January. 

The arts board wants to return to its original size of nine members, to allow representation from more segments of the community. Three years ago, the board was reduced to seven members.

The Judiciary and Administrative Committee considers those actions at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.

Beer gardens in La Crosse could get taller fences soon, under a plan being presented to a city committee Tuesday.

The idea is to increase the height of the fences at gardens where there are courts for volleyball and pickleball, so balls don’t leave the playing area.

The current zoning for beer gardens was designed to regulate other outdoor sports, such as baseball and tennis.

Both the Judiciary and Administrative Committee and the City Plan Commission consider the plan, which will then go to next week’s monthly city council meeting.

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. Walden

    May 30, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Why would anyone assume we want unelected people determining how we live? Disband both committees they are a waste of time, unwanted and un-needed, at a time when there are real problems to solve.

    The parks are a disaster: Houska still fenced off and full of filth from last year, Fish Hatchery perpetual construction project, Riverside Park levee over a year behind schedule, Cameron Park the latest flop-site with Burns Park next at bat (after the City spent $500,000 a couple of years ago on Burns landscaping). The parking ramps are filthy and unsafe.

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