Eau Claire leaders exploring funding options for park portable toilets

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — A new proposal from some city council members is aiming to keep port-a-potties in Eau Claire parks.

Acting Eau Claire Council President Andrew Werthmann and council member Jeremy Gragert are proposing to look elsewhere in the city budgets to see if money can be saved and shifted to help cover the cost to keep the portable toilets in parks.

Werthmann told News 18 the city pays nearly $20,000 a year to maintain the port-a-potties, a cost the city cannot afford anymore.

Originally, the city decided only the port-a-potties in the Eau Claire dog parks would stay because the fee for dog licenses could cover those. Now, after hearing concern from frequent park-goers, Werthmann said they’re looking to keep the portable toilets in all city parks.

“We’re looking at, actually the fact that gas prices are going down, and we believe that, that coupled with fuel efficiency is going to allow us to see the extra $20,000 that we need to make sure that they all stay in place,” Werthmann said. “I think, unless council members vote against that proposal, that it will likely pass and we’ll keep them all.”

The city had originally ordered the port-a-potties be removed from all city parks by the end of this week, but Werthmann said that will not happen until a final decision is made. The city council will take up the proposal, for a vote, at its next meeting on January 22.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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