City adopts budget with $2 million in capital improvements
A capital projects budget of just under $2 million was approved by the Hudson City Council on April 20.
The budget includes $1.1 million for the resurfacing of Carmichael Road from the north side of I-94 to near the south city limits.
Called a "mill and overlay" project, the work will involve grinding up the four-lane road's old pavement and putting down a new layer of asphalt.
The council previously approved a bid from Monarch Paving of Turtle Lake to do the construction work for roughly $890,000.
A budget sheet presented by City Administer Devin Willi and Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli shows an additional $66,000 for engineering plans and $144,000 for engineer inspections and contingencies.
Zeuli's budget recommendation has a total of $1,448,500 for mill and overlay projects.
The other big resurfacing project identified is 11th Street South from Coulee Road to Wisconsin Street. Zeuli estimated the price of that project at $178,500.
The public works director budgeted an estimated $126,000 for milling and overlaying - plus patching and "micro-paving" - Coulee Road from 11th to Second streets, and Third Street from Walnut to Vine.
Short stretches of Mont Croix Drive ($26,000) and Ninth Street ($18,000) also are scheduled for mill and overlay work.
The budget also estimates spending for:
During the Finance Committee meeting that preceded the council meeting, Zeuli recommended upgrading to more energy-efficient LED streetlights when the ones on Hanley Road east of Carmichael are replaced.
He said the LED lights would be more expensive initially, but bring long-term cost savings.
Mayor Dean Knudson agreed with that approach.
"We need to be willing to invest in energy efficiency," he said.
Knudson said the City Council could amend specifics of capital projects budgets later if it finds the need to. The plan is to complete the projects this summer.
See the April 30 print edition of the Star-Observer for other action take by the city council at the April 20 meeting.