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Council to debate parking near Mayo Clinic campus

Neighbors seek change to free up streets around campus

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    The Eau Claire City Council will be meeting in the county Courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave., until interior renovations at City Hall are done next year.

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Rules for on-street parking around the Mayo Clinic Health System campus in Eau Claire may change due to persistent issues raised by the surrounding neighborhood.

The City Council will hold a public hearing Monday night and then vote Tuesday on changing two-hour parking restrictions for the blocks south of the health care campus in the Randall Park neighborhood.

“Parking challenges have continued after periodic meetings and businesses and parking changes being implemented,” city transportation engineer Leah Ness wrote in a memo. “Therefore, the group is proposing an additional change around the south side of the Mayo Clinic Health System campus.”

The effect of the proposed changes would add parking restrictions on two more blocks, but for fewer hours during the week.

Currently there is a two-hour time limit on parking between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays on one side of a few streets south of the Mayo campus. Proposed changes would make the two-hour limit apply from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., only on weekdays.

The parking restrictions would apply to the south sides of Fulton, Congress and Union streets, and the east side of Sixth Avenue. The opposite sides of those streets would allow all-day parking, except for Fulton where there is no parking on its north side.

Ness’ memo states that the intent is to still allow for some long-term parking in the neighborhood, while also having short-term parking available.

The proposed changes were presented in February to the neighborhood association, Ness stated, which were in favor of them.

Other business

These items also are on agendas for this week’s City Council meetings:

• After delaying a decision last month so the city, neighbors and developer Haselwander Brothers could discuss adding a park or nature trail in the Princeton Valley area, a new 27-home development is scheduled for a final vote on Tuesday.

• A development agreement that includes potential acquisition of property in the Princeton Valley area on the city’s northeast side will be discussed Monday night in closed session.

• The council also will meet in closed session Monday night to discuss terms and conditions of the potential sale of the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road, to the Eau Claire YMCA.

• The city is considering reducing the 35 mph speed limit on Harding Avenue, which is currently under construction, down to 30 mph.

• Mayo Clinic Health System is giving a $20,000 grant to the city for “active aging” fitness amenities for McDonough Park.

EAU CLAIRE CITY COUNCIL »Meets at 7 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the county Courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave.

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