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Out of town trial creates parking challenges at government buildings

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Superior Telegram

Parking could get more congested at the Government Center over the next three weeks as a criminal trial from Eau Claire County comes to Superior. Because of this, taxpayers are being urged to pay property taxes by mail, slip them in the drop box or pay online.

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The trial, expected to take three weeks, begins Monday. It involves multiple allegations of child sex assault against 61-year-old David A. Van De Loo, a doctor who practiced at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire until September 2012. According to the Eau Claire Leader Telegram, Van de Loo faces 17 felony charges.

Although the trial venue was moved to Douglas County, both county courtrooms will see business as usual during the three weeks. According to the Clerk of Courts Office, the trial will be held in the Government Center.

The jury will be picked from the local Douglas County pool, but the judge and attorneys will travel up from Eau Claire.

Most people won’t be affected by the trial unless they stop by the Government Center.

Because of the added courtroom and the sensational nature of the trial, there may be more cars in the lot than usual. Douglas County has already set up a lot a few blocks away for employees to park.

Taxpayers are being encouraged to pay their real estate taxes by mail to Douglas County Treasurer, 1313 Belknap St., Room 102, Superior, WI, 54880. They can also use the property tax drop box, located in the center median of the 1316 N. 14th St. entrance to the Government Center. Although the box suffered damage when it was hit by a snowplow, County Treasurer Linda Helenius said it is still usable, secure and checked on a daily basis. Do not drop cash payments in the box.

Technology offers another option. People can pay property taxes online using the Douglas County website at www.douglascountwi.org. There are additional fees involved, so taxpayers should read the information carefully before submitting an online payment.

There is 30 minute parking on Hammond Avenue by the courthouse for those determined to drive over, but that is the only limited time parking available.

If receiving a “paid” receipt is the main purpose for paying taxes in person, Helenius said, summary reports showing paid taxes can be obtained online using the Douglas County website. Anyone who needs help accessing the information can contact the Douglas County Treasurer’s office at 715-395-1348 or 715-395-1632. Or enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment to receive a paid receipt.

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