It is another step forward for a La Crosse historic and cultural museum.
The La Crosse Common Council voted unanimously on Thursday night to create a planning task force; however, that vote did not come without some initial uncertainty. District Eight Council Member Jessica Olson asked Mayor Tim Kabat some questions regarding the resolution. She questioned the $10,000 funding for the task force. Olson also wanted to assure the museum would not come at the expense of any branch libraries or other city assets.
Mayor Kabat was able to provide the answers she was looking for, and ultimately, she voted for the project to move ahead.
"He spoke to bringing everything together under one roof in a facility that is meant for historic curation and for public consumption," Olson said. "So, that argument does hold water to me that we do maybe need to look at a comprehensive approach so that it is more user friendly."
The dialogue about a new historic and cultural museum was one aspect of 2018 that Mayor Kabat is looking forward to as stated in his State of the City Address. The speech also noted the "robust economic growth and development" of the city last year. Behind all of the success, he said it is the people that allow the city to continue moving forward.
"A big role of what I should be or what I'm responsible for is facilitating and bringing people together, so that's going to be my big push this next year is to try to really bring our council, our committees, our citizens, our staff together in ways that we can make a lot of progress on these projects, " Kabat said.
Other big projects for the year ahead that Mayor Kabat noted in the address include an airport terminal expansion, La Crosse Center renovations, updated senior centers and fire stations, and newly paved streets. He also hopes to continue addressing the issues of drug abuse, mental health, homelessness, and hunger.