La Crosse City Council votes on several issues

Published On: Jun 13 2013 11:01:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2013 09:10:01 AM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse's City council moved forward on some items Thursday night.

The first accepts a proposal in concept for a 13-building multi-family housing complex on the vacant Park Plaza Property, located between La Crosse and La Crescent.

It's a step towards getting the development on the property, but doesn't commit the city to working with the proposed developer.

Also, approved is an agreement with county government since both bodies will be involved in negotiations for the sale of the property.

The County Board will discuss the same matters next week.

Secondly, council members will no longer be taking minutes at big committee meetings.

They unanimously approved getting rid of the secretary position at the Judiciary and Administration and the Finance and Personnel Committees, and instead hiring someone to take the minutes. They already do this for the two full council meetings.

The change is an effort to allow council members to focus on the discussion instead of taking thorough minutes.

The added position will pay about $140 a month and will come out of the council budget.

And finally, the council agreed to change the name of Hood Park to George Poage  Park after the first African-American athlete from La Crosse to medal in the Olympics.

The park is in the center of the Powell-Hood-Hamilton Neighborhood where residents have been working to transform the area from the negative stereotypes it has long held.