The mayor is beginning a new tradition here in La
with the city's first-ever Neighborhood Conference.
The event invited residents to come learn how they
can help make their community, a better place to live.
News 8's Kyle Dimke has the story.
the conference today was titled creating safe community.
Presentations from the La Crosse Police Department
and a speaker from Viterbo University ....
all offered different ways for neighborhoods in La
Crosse to become safer and stronger.
Mayor Tim Kabat invited his La Crosse neighbors to
the first ever Neighborhood Conference ...
to learn how to make their hometown .
a better place to live.
TK: 2- I think it's really critical, especially with
as many neighbor associations and groups that we have,
to be able to support those grass roots efforts.
To offer some education and opportunities for them
to be able to become better organizations.
Kabat says he would like to see stronger associations
so the city can offer more funding to neighborhoods.
TK: 3- Ultimately we would like to work our captial
budget and other programs at that neighborhood level.
So therefore you really need to have strong neighborhood
organizations at the neighborhood level.
One way Kabat wants to strengthen neighborhoods .
is by making them safer.
So he asked the La Crosse Police Department to share
PH: 3- Through maybe cutting their bushes down, improved
The La Crosse P-D says those ideas all begin, with
PH: 8- the community is the eyes and ears of the police
department and what they see and hear, getting that
information back to us to make it a safer community.
Mayor Kabat says he was pleased with the turn out
and would like to continue hosting this event each
In another first for the city.
Mayor Kabat publicly recognized La Crosse residents
and businesses who have given back to their community.
Awards were presented to people who have worked hard
to revitalize La Crosse's neighborhoods.
including Police Lieutenant Pat Hogan, Viterbo University
and Mayo Clinc Health System.
Tom Zieja from Z's Lawn and Landscape Service was
also awarded for his work in making the city a greener,
more beautiful place to live.
He says the awards will hopefully motivate others
to get involved.
I guess I'm one of the first do-gooders that get this
award so hopefully other people in the years to come
will take the intiiative and be a do-gooder laughs.
Mayor Kabat says he also hopes to continue handing
out the awards every year.