On February 8 the La Crosse City Council heard from community members and passed resolutions on various matters affecting the area.
Plans to add a fifth fire station to La Crosse move forward, as well as the approval of funds for the La Crosse municipal boat harbor dock replacement.
The council approved a resolution from the Fire Station and Planning Task Force that recommends the city begin researching a Five Fire Station model.
The model would build a fifth station in La Crosse, while replacing the first three stations, and renovating the fourth.
The recommendation advocates for research and analysis into finding possible building sites for the new model, and does not include the approval of any additional building plans.
The resolution was approved by a vote of 8-1-1, with some council members claiming the proposal's wording could cause problems for future councils.
La Crosse City Council President Martin Gaul describes their thoughts regarding the resolution. "Going forward it will be reactive as oppose to proactive," Gaul describes, "It depends on what they bring back as far as recommendations for siting, I think that we are inevitably going to have to replace the stations, the question is where they are going to be located and whether or not we need a fifth station or just four new ones."
The issue among a busy night for the council, with members also unanimously voting to award Water Works Docks & Boatlifts with a $399,786.00 contract for the La Crosse Municipal Harbor Dock replacement project.