Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire City Council took up several topics at its regular council meeting, including a future site for a temporary city hall and the possibility of adjusting bus rates for low-income riders.
Low-Income Bus Riders: Very soon, it will be easier for low-income riders to get around town on the bus.
Monday, the city council approved dropping the fare by 25 cents and the monthly pass by $5 for people who have annual incomes below $15,000. City data shows that makes up nearly half of all city bus riders. The rate changes would go into effect in July, and last until the end of the year. The plan also calls for the city to look at ways to reduce the prices even more in the future through the budget.
Temporary City Hall Location: Meanwhile, the council has also picked the future site of the new, temporary, city hall.
At the last meeting, the council postponed signing a lease at the former 3M building on Prairie Lane because the location is not on a public transit route, and it would be hard for the public to get to city council meetings. Tuesday, the council decided to host meetings inside the county board room, and still house the temporary city hall at the building on Prairie Lane. The monthly cost to lease the property is $21,000.
Pickleball Club Courts: The city also entered an agreement with the Chippewa Valley Pickleball Club allowing the group to pursue upgrades for the courts at McDonough Park. The club will raise all the money for the improvements, which includes surface repairs, security cameras and safety lighting, and the addition of a second pavilion.
Food Truck Ordinance: Up for introduction Tuesday, amendments to the city's food truck ordinance - meant to draw in more businesses.
The amendments would expand the time a food truck could park in a single place by two hours, open up more locations for them to park, and lower the license fee. Since this was a first reading, no action was taken.