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La Crosse City Council plans to cut members

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse City Council Committee of the Whole voted Tuesday to reduce its number of members to 13 beginning in 2017.

The 17-member council voted unanimously Tuesday night for the change. A final vote during the City Council meeting Thursday night is required for the change to become final.

As of now, the plan is to wipe the board clean in 2017, with every member's seat coming up for re-election in 2017. A new map has been drawn, showing the 13 districts.

Council members appeared happy with the change, but acknowledged some members will likely run for re-election against each other in 2017.

Richard Swantz, 17th district representative, said it should make government more efficient.

"I think you're going to see improved communication and improved planning," he said. "The result of that is going to be better decision making."

The committee also approved the creation of a pilot program that would allow the installation of up to five parklets. Parklets are an extension of outdoor seating. They would be temporary, and would cover a few city parking spaces outside of local businesses in downtown La Crosse between May and October.

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