Eau Claire City Council approves selling Fire Station 10, expands public hearing meetings

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Eau Claire (WQOW) –  Red fire trucks have moved out and now television cameras will move into Eau Claire’s Fire Station 10.

The city council voted Tuesday to sell the space to Valley Media Works for $365,000.

Valley Media Works Executive Director Jerry Barton said they were waiting until the purchase was approved before exploring options to pay for their new building.

“We have campaigns we’ll be doing as well as other financing we’ll be looking for,” Barton said.

Valley Media Works plans to renovate the property to include a radio station and two studio sets. They’d also set up two different areas for educational training to teach people about camera and video basics, plus directing, producing and film editing.


Meanwhile, citizens will have more of a voice at city council public hearings.

The council voted to add a public comment period toward the end of its bi-weekly Monday night meetings to allow people to bring forward any new ideas or concerns. Before, people were only allowed to comment on agenda items.

Council Member Jill Christopherson said it’s important to have a better relationship between the council body and the public.

“I see this as a very positive expansion of our relationship with the public and something certainly we can expand on with good experience,” Christopherson said.

This new public input period will start at the next meeting on November 5.


Beekeepers looking to set up shop in Eau Claire parks will have to wait until next spring.

A proposed ordinance would allow places like Archery, Demmler and Fairfax Parks to have closed-off beehives.

They would have to be 50 feet from public lines and 75 feet from any public amenity.

The Eau Claire City Council decided to postpone voting until they have a study session to gather more information about beekeeping and filter though specific land and hive qualifications beekeepers will need to follow.

They will revisit the ordinance sometime in January.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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