Kudos to the Eau Claire City Council for tabling a vote Tuesday night on an effort to amend the local Public Good Order ordinance. Jenessa Stromberger, assistant city attorney, drafted the measure, which is intended to help combat excessive drinking. The ordinance would allow law enforcement to issue citations that could cost offenders $295. “It provides officers a tool that they really don’t have right now,” said Stromberger in a recent story by the Leader-Telegram’s
An ordinance that city officials hope would “change the culture” around excessive drinking was downvoted by a majority of people who spoke to Eau Claire City Council Monday, most of whom were university students. During a public discussion, community members provided feedback regarding the proposed Public Good Order ordinance, which would strengthen police authority in the city to intervene in cases of excessive drinking. Many comments referred to the ordinance language
5 years ago — 2013 The Eau Claire City Council will look into ways to reduce plastic and paper bag waste. 10 years ago — 2008 The Menomonie school board votes to close Cedar Falls Elementary but keep Downsville Elementary open. 20 years ago — 1998 Some Chippewa Falls children are scared but none are badly injured after their school bus tips over. 35 years ago — 1983 UW-Stout unveils a machine for the blind that is used to read written text aloud.
Aging utilities in the city are on tap for replacement after water main breaks last year, though those projects aren’t related to a recent break that ended up depositing sludge into residents’ homes. Eau Claire City Council members will get feedback during a public hearing Monday about seven street projects, at least one of which is in response to a water main break that occurred last year on Fenwick Avenue. But those projects are completely separate from a recent water main
5 years ago — 2013 The Eau Claire County Board approves spending $320,000 to remodel the county Juvenile Detention Center. 10 years ago — 2008 The Eau Claire City Council will discuss a proposal to ban smoking in city bars and other businesses. 20 years ago — 1998 Eau Claire school officials consider closing Park and Lowes Creek schools. 35 years ago — 1983 The Reagan administration applauds Germany’s election of conservative Helmut Kohl.
Eau Claire’s need for a major events center (”arena” has always been a word best avoided in this discussion) was a topic more than 30 years ago when I moved here, and as I later found out, years before that as well. The idea never gained traction because there wasn’t enough local support to pay for such a venture at best, and downright hostility to the idea from many. The landscape changed, figuratively and literally, in summer 2014 when UW-Eau Claire alumni John and
The operator of a late-night bus service that shuttles UW-Eau Claire students between campus, Water Street and downtown will discontinue that service, citing proposed ordinance changes that would negatively affect his service. Tom Klatt, owner of Right Way Shuttle, will stop operating his Late-Night Safe Ride service starting this weekend because of the potential changes, he said Thursday afternoon in an interview with the Leader-Telegram. His overall company will continue to operate, he said.
Despite an ordinance that restricts skateboards and bicycles from being on sidewalks in downtown Eau Claire, the city continues to receive calls related to speeding skateboarders and bicyclists in high-pedestrian areas. “That’s a big, big issue,” said Councilman Dave Strobel. The concern over safety on sidewalks was brought up by Strobel as the Eau Claire City Council voted to approve the city’s site plan for Haymarket Plaza, which will be built between Pablo Center at
With most Eau Claire City Council members enthusiastically backing a plaza and pedestrian bridge near Haymarket Landing, the project cleared more hurdles Tuesday ahead of its planned spring construction. Site plans for the Haymarket Plaza were approved Tuesday by all council members, as were bids for a pedestrian bridge over the Eau Claire River connecting the plaza with Phoenix Park. Councilman Michael Xiong was absent. “I’m thrilled that we get to vote on this,”
Mobile food trucks might soon have the option to sell food in more city parks as part of the city’s goal to encourage neighborhood get-togethers if the Eau Claire City Council changes an existing ordinance. Licensed mobile food trucks already are authorized to operate in Owen, Phoenix, Carson, Riverview, Pinehurst and Soccer parks in the existing ordinance, and changes would expand that list to include nine more parks. The City Council will vote on the ordinance change today. Food