Center Expansion Could Cost Millions
The last time that the La Crosse Center was expanded, in 2000, the project cost 14-million dollars. The same work might cost about 30-million bucks today...so members of the La Crosse Center Board might have to choose their next remodeling plans carefully. On Tuesday, the board looked at designs for expanding and remodeling the civic center. No priorities have been established yet, but a new west-side entrance could cost nearly 11 million dollars. Expanding the lobby along 2nd Street would carry a four-million dollar price tag. City council members may decide by this fall what changes they would prefer to see at the La Crosse Center.
Sparklers Fun Until Your Burned
In the spectrum of fireworks dangers, people rarely think of sparklers as a major hazard. But last year around the Fourth of July, the season with nearly 70% of fireworks related injuries, 16% of reported injuries were caused by sparklers. Erica Kane with Gunderson in La Crosse says sparklers are not as always as safe as some people think they are. She says plain and simple, children should not handle sparklers or other fireworks. The safest way to prevent sparkler related injuries is to enjoy professional fireworks displays. Or, glow sticks can be a fun alternative to sparkler.
Has Obama Created A Legacy?
A legacy could be coming to La Crosse tomorrow. That legacy.....President Barack Obama. At least that's how UW-L Political professor, Joe Heim views things. With the Supreme Court siding with a few Obama policies....that could set the stage for the president to go out on top. And Obama could leave office with more local folks on his side. More Wisconsinites would qualify for overtime pay under a plan proposed by President Obama. The president says the current limit is low and undercuts the intent of the overtime law. He will formally announce the rule Thursday in La Crosse.
Bluffside Wants To Expand. Neighbors Frown On It
Despite protests from neighbors, a La Crosse bar owner likely will get to add a beer garden. Bluffside Tavern owner Mike Gazeley draws resistance every time he plans an expansion of his bar. Same this time, with neighbors surrounding his bar at the foot of the bluff worried about noise from the beer garden. But after a bit of a delay from the city, Gazeley has been okay'ed for the outdoor seating area after a city council committee meeting on Tuesday night. With the promise from the council that the beer garden license might not be renewed next year if Gazeley allows his late night crowds to get too rambunctious.
Street Party's No More?
No more parties in the streets of La Crosse? Appears to be the direction city council member Bob Seaquist wants to take in opposing the latest application by downtown bar and restaurant, Dublin Square to hold a street party when college students come back at the end of fall. The city's police department has not taken a position on the application for the Dublin Square block party.