City Council Round-Up: code of conduct policy and new hotel among items approved

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — The Eau Claire City Council had a busy agenda for its legislative meeting on Tuesday. The council approved a number of new resolutions and ordinances for the city.

Eau Claire City Council members passed an ordinance to make sure elected officials are held to a higher standard.

The code of conduct policy states members of the city council must maintain personal accountability, trustfulness, honesty and fairness while in office. Council President Terry Weld said these changes update and clarify the expectation of city council members.

“I think the idea’s, you know, just making sure that we’re held to a standard that’s expected from the citizens and the community, and from each other,” said Weld.

The code of conduct is now in effect. As News 18 has reported, members of the council will self-govern the policy standards.

The council also gave the green light on demolition and construction of two new hotels where the Green Mill Restaurant and Clarion Hotel currently stand.

While temporary lodging has been expanding all across the area, Weld believes this addition will offer more options to tourists staying in the area.

“With the concentration of the hospitals and, you know, the university and the athletic fields and everything that goes on. It tends to bring a lot of out of town visitors. It is a highly sought after area,” said Weld.

As News 18 has reported, developers Craig Road LLC. hope to begin construction this summer.

The council also handed out a few new liquor licenses to businesses in Eau Claire. Including one to the owners of a historic home.

As News 18 has reported, the owners of the Kaiser Building are turning it into a family-friendly tavern called Rolbiecki’s. Before the pub opens, business plans will also have to be submitted to the state to review in mid-June. The new pub is slated to open this fall.

Meanwhile, a popular pub in downtown Eau Claire has had it’s liquor license transferred to the new owners. The Fire House was recently bought by the Pablo Group. The bar was sold because the previous owners also own The Brewing Projekt and Wisconsin Law states a married couple cannot own both a bar and a brewery.

The council gave the green light for the Eau Claire Police Department to apply for a grant to get new bulletproof vests.

According to Kelly Thompson, Administrative Division Manager for the police department, they need 58 new vests which will cost more than $36,000. The grant would cover half the cost of each new vest.

“The grant is active for two years after we get it. So for two years any vests that we purchase, half of that is covered by the grant, as long as we have enough in there [the budget] to cover it,” said Thompson.

Thompson said they will find out if they received the grant in September.

Car and truck shows are popular across the Chippewa Valley and a new series will be coming to downtown Eau Claire. The city council approved a resolution to allow Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. to host five car and truck shows along Graham Avenue this summer.

The council also gave Brent Douglas Flowers the go ahead to put portable planters on the boulevard of 600 Barstow Street. The planters would be full of flowers and vegetables that would be donated to local homeless shelters when they are ready for harvest.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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