LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Following a lengthy public hearing and discussion, the council approves awarding the city's 2014 through 2020 refuse contract to Harter's Quick Clean-up.

The company, which has the current contract, was the lowest bidder for the new contract.

Harter's will also be responsible for paying for and implementing the new collection system including brand new carts for all residents and an automated pickup system.

Opponents are upset residents will be paying for yard waste pick up.

Council members also voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow Dahl Automotive to tear down the former Guest House Motel on 4th St. just south of downtown. The auto dealer wants to expand its lot.

The issue has been held up over a debate of adding a bike and pedestrian path through the lot connecting to the Mississippi River Walk. Dahl says it would cause too many traffic problems.

Tuesday night's vote will allow Dahl to move forward, however if the city wishes to extend that path, Dahl will be responsible for paying for the pathway pending a feasibility study and meeting with city officials.

Both items come before the council again on Thursday.