La Crosse city council to hold special meeting regarding Isle La Plume marina

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Every year thousands come to La Crosse to enjoy one of the city's biggest attractions, the Mississippi River.

One of those places of enjoyment, the Isle La Plume marina, is in dire need of updates.

That's why the La Crosse city council is holding a special meeting Thursday evening to hear a resolution to help bring the marina up to code.

The rebuild of the marina would cost just under $2 million for the city.

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Superintendent Jay Odegaard says it’s important because it is city-owned property

"It’s extremely important”, says Odegaard. “Anytime that a private operator leaves something on the table on a city-owned facility we feel that it's important that we get in there and really make sure that the people are taken care of."

People in the area say they're happy with what the city has been doing with the downtown and river areas.

"I’m down here personally and for business a lot so the development along the river has been fantastic for business and my own personal enjoyment”, says Eric Newman from Viroqua.

The marina had been privately operated but the city says the operator went bankrupt, prompting the city to take over.

But while many have been taking advantage of the luxury of the marina, some wonder if there are better ways for the city to spend the money.

"Are we taking care of our essential infrastructure needs before we would do that kind of an expenditure, so how that might be financed through taxes for the marina for the recreation would probably pay for itself in a few years but in the mean time we have a crumbling infrastructure and schools that need more money", says Newman

City council members say there are still more questions than answers right now but they are hopefully that the meeting Thursday night will be able to shine some light on the issue.

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