Council says passing out candy will be safer

By Correne Martin

Throwing of candy from parade participants to spectators will no longer be allowed at parades in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Common Council unanimously passed an ordinance at Tuesday night’s meeting banning such action at parades. Participants will instead be encouraged to hand out or lightly toss candy, which the council believes is a safer alternative.

According to the ordinance, the city prohibits “the throwing of candy, gifts, favors or other objects from parade participants to spectators, from a motor vehicle, parade vehicle or parade animal.” But it still allows “dispensing of candy, gifts, favors or other objects by hand from parade participants to spectators, except in those circumstances where the parade participant’s action would encourage spectators to enter the public roadway.”

At the council’s April 22 meeting, Protection and Health Committee Chairwoman Jean Titlbach explained the rationale behind the proposed ordinance. She said the topic came up after prompting from community members following the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Most of the concerned individuals had driven in the parade and felt nervous about hitting children running into the roadway.

Culver’s opposed
to raised median in 2017

The council officially sided with Culver’s of Prairie du Chien, upon request from the restaurant, in support of placing rumble strips instead of a raised median at the LaPointe Street/Marquette Road intersection during the 2017 Marquette Road project. The city will send a copy of the minutes from Tuesday’s meeting to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, regarding the shared position of Culver’s and the city. Whether or not the DOT will agree to the request is uncertain.

Settlement with Fulcher
Following closed session Tuesday night, the council agreed to an employee retirement settlement between the city and former police officer Mark Fulcher. As part of the agreement, which the council approved 9-1, with Alderman Frank Pintz opposed, Fulcher will be paid $14,804.88 for his accumulated retirement payout. This is contingent upon Fulcher agreeing to a release of all full and partial liabilities, known and unknown, related to his employment with the city.

New Vierbicher contract
The council approved its 2014 services agreement with Vierbicher Associates. For the Vierbicher staff who work for the city, the new contract calls for a 3.9 percent increase. This is the first time since 2008 that Vierbicher has increased its rates to the city.

Other business
Alderwoman Sharon Boylen asked City Administrator Aaron Kramer about the status of the home scheduled to be razed at 341 North Beaumont Rd. Kramer said the matter is between the property owner and the firm hired to raze the home, but the city is continuing to monitor the situation.

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