La Crosse city, county leaders detail ARPA plans to Chamber of Commerce

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — La Crosse city and county leaders are outlining how they’re using federal dollars to improve the community.

Those officials joined a call with the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce Monday to describe the plans to use ARPA money for issues like housing, the environment, and childcare.

Earlier this year, La Crosse County set aside $6 million for bridge housing for families and adults with high needs, but those projects are stalled.

La Crosse’s interim county administrator says it’s one thing to make a plan, but another to run it long-term.

“What we wouldn’t want to do is just have a place where people go and then everyone is unhappy about how it’s operating,” said Jane Klekamp, the interim county administrator for La Crosse County. “We’re really working on utilizing state dollars and local dollars to determine sustainability before we move forward with that.”

Klekamp said the bridge housing plan could come before the county board within six months, if not sooner.