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La Crosse will see some changes to its rental inspection ordinance and pay up to $133,220 to hire a consultant to develop a transportation plan for South Avenue after a pair of votes by the La Crosse Common Council Thursday.

La Crosse will see some changes to its rental inspection ordinance and pay up to $133,220 to hire a consultant to develop a transportation plan for South Avenue after a pair of votes by the La Crosse Common Council on Thursday.

The council voted 13-0 to approve changes to its rental inspection ordinance after a pair of special meetings to facilitate the adoption, which La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said would bring the city’s ordinances into compliance with a state law that went into effect March 2. Council member James Cherf abstained and Council member Bob Seaquist recused himself from the vote.

“The state legislature, in its push to eliminate almost all local control, passed a law that impacts the ability for local municipalities to have rental registration and rental inspection programs,” Kabat said.

The changes will eliminate the registration fee for rental properties and keep the rental inspection program separate from the registry and continue to charge fees for each inspection.

“Our intent is still to require that rental properties must be registered,” he said, because it’s important for the city to keep track of those buildings’ owners, in case of emergencies or violations of city ordinances.

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“It really boils down to the exercise of our police powers, which is there to enhance the general health, safety and welfare of our residents,” Kabat said.

Council member Jai Johnson added that she would like to see city staff develop a plan to “maintain our goal of having quality rental property in La Crosse within constraints of current law.”

The city has been threatened with legal action connected to the ordinance, which the council discussed in closed session.

In other business, the city approved hiring Toole Design Group to develop a design concept for South Avenue, despite objections from several council members who argued against the expense when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has agreed to the city’s request for narrower lanes.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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Tim.....The city was trying to drive up taxes and rents and bring in more money..were are the poor to live????

raw54603

$133,220 to hire a consultant to develop a transportation plan for South Avenue ???? Isnt this what we have city employees for ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

union conservative

So over $100,000 for a person to do the job of engineers employed by the city. Anyway you spin this you land on WASTE!! Then to narrow the lanes on one of the main routes through town just so we can make it more dangerous for cars and bikers. Lacrosse is not Madison or Milwaukee so please don't allow those ideas to invade our city. I have said it before, working for liberals is hard enough but living in a city managed by them even harder. It is no wonder good middle class families continue to move out of town. It is no wonder more and more rentals are popping up throughout, what I call the inner city, La Crosse. I think La Crosse's leaders need to wake up before it is too late.....it may be too late already to become fiscally responsible.

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