How Will You Pay For Parking Downtown?
The debate over charging drivers to park in downtown La Crosse ramps has reached the sub-committee stage...
A smaller 'rate control' subcommittee of the city Parking Utility Board is looking into automated gate systems, blocking off the upper floors of each ramp unless a driver pays for a space. Bob Haines from the city public works office says the paid spaces will be either leased long-term, or temporary at 50 cents an hour.
Haines says ramp users could pay with coins, tokens, or special cards. He says gate manufacturers frown on paying with dollar bills, because the cash box would become a target for thieves.
Some Towns Under Burn Bans
Burning any combustible materials outdoors in the Town of Bergen or Village of Stoddard is prohibited. The risk for wildfires in these areas is very high and there's little relief in sight in the near future with the current weather pattern. Until conditions significantly improve, this ban will be in place.
That applies to burn piles and burn barrels; all campfires unless in developed camping areas disposing any matches, ashes, charcoal briquettes, or any burning materials into the outdoors; and all fireworks. Remember to dispose of any cigars, cigarettes, or pipes in a designated receptacle.
The Town of Bergen And Village of Stoddard on conjunction this the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department will issue a Burning Ban when the Current Fire Danger reaches "Very High" (orange) or "Extreme" (red) These levels are set by the Forestry Department from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses.
City Hall Hit With Garbage Questions
La Crosse city hall getting bombarded by calls about garbage collection. The city's new garbage regulations are in place and many in the city are confused about what to do, apparently. Postcards detailing some of the changes will go out next week. Some of the queries right now are about garbage cans themselves. Public works director Dale Hexom tells us, in general, if you buy a can with a lid, it's probably going to work under the new rules. Also, although the rules limit size to 48 gallon cans, Hexom says a fifty gallon can will work, as long as its not too heavy. To get rid of old cans, Hexom says, just put them out, marked as trash.
Lights Now, Seats Later For Hollywood Theater
The revival of the Hollywood Theater in La Crosse could take a couple of years...but the process is taking small steps ahead.
Attorney and businessman Phil Addis first toured the vacant theater three months ago after buying it at auction. Now, he's been able to find which light fixtures are working, including some of the neon and Art Deco fixtures in the lobby. Addis also has been shopping for new theater seats. He thinks the theater could hold about 600 modern seats, compared to the thousand or so that were removed from the Hollywood years ago.
No Good Deed Left Unpunished For Veteran
A well meaning vet could be on the hook for almost two thousand dollars after trying to help out, what he thought was, another veteran who needed a hand. La Crosse police say a 73 year-old from Georgia was at the airport car rental place asking about veteran discounts when he was approached by a rough-looking guy who identified himself as a veteran and needed help getting a rental car. The well-meaning older vet rented the younger guy a car and put it on his credit card. Later told police he did it because it was Memorial Day week-end and knows how hard it is to deal with post-war health problems. Three weeks later, the car had not been returned. Finally found parked at the Mayo parking lot in La Crosse. Police are looking for an Onalaska man in the apparent theft.