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Amendments to La Crosse parking laws

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

While Thursday's City Council meeting saw developments to the La Crosse Center expansion project, other decisions from the meeting may also impact city residents.

The council discussed four different items related to parking in the city, focusing on overnight parking during the winter. Council officials say current ordinances may make it complicated for drivers during opposite side parking times.

"It has impacts to the alternative side parking so that the period of time for people to comply starts now at midnight rather than two in the morning, and it hopefully clarifies the language to make it easier to comply with and it also cleaned up the fine amounts," La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat elaborated. 

With an amendment to opposite side parking fines, the council hopes to make an impact on La Crosse motorists this winter.

"There's no longer the double and triple and quadrupling of fines, so those changes should make it easier for people to comply with those snow parking rules," Mayor Kabat describes.

That ordinance will only impact fines from incorrectly parked vehicles during opposite parking.

The meeting was not contained to parking ordinances. The council also approved Kwik Trip's proposed plan to demolish a vacant building near their Losey Boulevard store. The plan aims to establish nearby green space and does not include any expansion or renovation to the store.

The project will eliminate a home in La Crosse but the city will not lose out on any revenue from property tax.

"There's going to be a pilot payment that Kwik Trip, as a condition of that conditional use permit, there will be a pilot payment made to the city as if that building was still there and paying property taxes, so that's going to now move forward," Mayor Kabat finishes.

No word on when work on the development will begin.

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