Boating season is nearing its end .
but there are unresolved issues at some local docks.
The city of La Crosse issued eviction papers to the
long-time owner of the Municipal Boat Harbor, who
has a history of lease violations.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill has more on where things
Mike and Martha ...
After management issues like late payments, owner
Steve Mills and the city reworked their lease in 2013
but now the city says he's in violation of that agreement
Mills and his attorney are now doing what they can
to stay afloat and keep the harbor in his name.
Many boats already made their last trip of the season.
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But if the city of La Crosse has its way, harbor owner
Steve Mills won't be there to see them off again in
The city filed an eviction because there were violations
of the forbearance and lease agreement and they still
have not been cured as of today.
The city says one violation is a clause in the forbearance
agreement from 2013 .
They're alleging he's not paying the proper fee for
the dockage, which there's a question of who's a resident
and non resident .
We think we'll win on that.
The other thing is restoring his seller's permit,
he's in the process of doing that.
The Department of Natural Resources is also on board
claiming the harbor violates environmental standards
like improper dock material.
To stop a small claims trial .
Mills filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.
It was an emergency plan filed at last notice, really
to stop the eviction action from happening.
The city's attorney says it's not uncommon for individuals
or businesses to file for Chapter 11, but it does
prevent the city from moving forward at this point.
Mill's attorney says this gives them time to get in
compliance with the lease.
We will propose a plan where we cure and reinstate
the lease so we're in good standing on the lease and
whatever other obligations he has we're going to pay
them in full under a provision.
Even though right now his client is on shaky ground
He wants to operate until the end of lease when he'll
be in his 70s.
and i said by that time you'll be ready to walk away
from it and he said yes.
The city's attorney says Mills owes the city over
There's still a long process ahead .
and the bankruptcy proceedings will likely take at
least a few months
According to Mills attorney, after the bankruptcy
proceedings, the city and his client will either work
things out or go to trial.