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NEW INFORMATION: Plan commission recommends tube take out proposal

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A plan to build a pathway to the Chippewa River takes a step forward.

On Monday, the Eau Claire Plan Commission voted 8-1 to recommend it.  The Water Street Business Improvement District would like to build a pathway to the river near the corner of 5th and Menomonie streets.  It would give tubers a spot from which to get out of the water.  A plan commission member says the location is already being used by tubers as an exit and this would be improve safety.

Eau Claire's fire chief is not sold on the idea.  He has a number of concerns, including the current.

The pathway also includes an overlook.  The plan now goes to the city council.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - As the weather warms up, we'll begin to see tubes out on the Chippewa River.  There's a plan in the works to give tubers another spot from which to get out of the water.

The Water Street Business Improvement District would like to build a pathway to the river near the corner of Fifth and Menomonie streets in Eau Claire.

Supporters say it's an ideal location because the slight back flow in the current provides a safe place to get out.  Eau Claire's Fire Chief isn't sold on the idea.

"The concerns are for that five percent or even less that five percent, that one percent that don't have that knowledge (about the river)," said Fire Chief Lyle Koerner. "You're putting these people in an exit point to where I have concerns with velocity of the river. If they don't have good support network I think that is all going to contribute to this bad, bad scenario. It's not going to happen often but once is too many times."

The pathway also includes an overlook.  The proposal will go before the plan commission on Monday.

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