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Eau Claire City Council roundup

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - On Tuesday night the Eau Claire City Council voted to approve several items including a plan to replace lead pipes, remove library parking meters and other items.

Lead Pipes in Eau Claire

Eau Claire officials say there are nearly 800 lead pipes that need replacing in the city.

The ordinance which passed Tuesday night requires the city and homeowner to fix the pipes once they are discovered.

In those cases, the city would use a DNR grant to reimburse the homeowner up to $2,000.

Library Parking Meters

The council also voted to remove some parking meters at the Eau Claire library's lower level to make way for special parking.

The library wants to have designated parking spots for new and expectant parents and families, for seniors and people with disabilities.

They are also exploring the possibility of testing curbside delivery.

Eye Clinic Rebuild Plans

Up for introduction Tuesday night was a request to rezone the site of the planned Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic off Damon Street in Eau Claire.

The clinic was destroyed by fire in November.

Before that, they were considering an expansion.

If the request is approved, the eye clinic will begin reconstruction and the expansion.

Plans for Little Red School

Also getting a first reading was a rezoning request for the former Little Red School.

The Eau Claire School District sold 12 acres and the old schoolhouse to the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union 434.

Now, they want to turn it into their training facility.

To do that, they need the property rezoned for commercial use.

Members of the union told News 18 that the training center would be equipped with a welding lab, rigging structure and classroom areas.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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