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Council approves bus fare study

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire City Council highlighted a new code of conduct proposal and dropping bus fares rates for students and low-income families at its meeting Tuesday. 

The meeting proceeded as normal after the announcement of Kerry Kincaid's resignation. Before she resigned, some city councilors had proposed creating a code of conduct policy so there's an expectation of how members should treat one another.  included asking for city staff's help constructing a code of conduct for the council. The policy hasn't been written yet, but it could include penalties for councilors who break the rules. The measure will return for a vote in September.

Back in May the city council approved a resolution to lower bus fare prices for low-income riders. Now they're looking to make it more affordable for students to ride. Tuesday the council approved studying the feasibility of waiving all fares for K-12 students with an 8 -2 vote. Members say student bus ridership has dropped by nearly a third in the first four months of this year.

During the meeting Tuesday, Jill Cristopherson said, "I think this is a really helpful study in that families that are experiencing low income in Eau Claire have a lot of barriers."

The city council also set a date of June 25 for a public hearing on the amendment to drop prices for low-income riders. If approved, prices would drop for those making less than $15,000 a year, on July 1.

Lastly, the city council approved a couple of special events.

The Oxbeaux Street Concert got the green light, it will be held July 5 on Galloway Street featuring local and national artists. The council also unanimously approved Volume One's Food Truck Fridays. They will be held the first Friday of every month, from July to October, in the parking lot next to the Volume One building.

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