City of La Crosse alternate-side parking ends early

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -- - La Crosse residents no longer have to worry about shuffling their cars back and forth to one side of the street. 

Last year the City of La Crosse voted to end alternate-side parking a couple of weeks earlier than previous years. 

Some council members felt it was unnecessary to have the rule in a month where winter comes to an end. 

"I think it's just a win-win for everybody," said Gary Padesky, from the City of La Crosse Council. "This is just the right thing to do for the taxpayers here in town." 

He said the warmer weather eliminates the need for people to move their cars.  

"As you can see, there is no reason right now to have people running out here at 12 at night to move their car," Padesky said. 

Despite the possible snow chances and a need for street cleaning, Padesky said he believes it won't be a problem. 

"There is a need for them to get out and do their job, but I still think we have a great street department and they will be able to get it done," Padesky said. 

One local resident says she feels the city was targeting college students who forget to move their cars. 

"It's really heavily enforced near campus," said Sarah Lambert. "I feel like it's really kind of slanted against a lot of the college students and a lot of my friends who have cars that they park." 

She said her roommate would receive a ticket even if she was slightly late. 

"If she would be late by 15 minutes to switch her car she would find a ticket," Lambert said. 

Padesky said he thought it was the city's way of getting more money from local residents. 

"It was kind of a money grab by the city," Padesky said. "They did get enough tickets, so they didn't lose any money over this." 

Lambert said it was more of an inconvenience. 

"You have to keep remembering especially, if you live near campus you have to quickly go out and flip your car around to the other side," Lambert said. 

 The city's new dates for alternate-side parking will be from Nov. 15 through March 15 moving forward. 

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