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City adopts budget with $2 million in capital improvements

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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.

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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:

  • Crack-filling and seal-coating Stageline Road, Hanley Road, and St. Croix Business Park and Bieneman Farms subdivision streets ($205,300);
  • Flex-patching, crack-filling and seal-coating of Industrial Street from Crest View Drive to Hanley Road ($92,500);
  • Crack-filling and seal-coating streets in the Vine Hills and upper Stonepine neighborhoods ($86,800);
  • Crack-filling only in the Red Cedar Canyon, Heritage Greens, Hudson Meadows and Lighthouse subdivisions, and on Crest View Drive, Stageline Road, 17th Street and Laurel Avenue ($33,200);
  • Hanley Road street lights ($45,000);
  • Sidewalk replacement ($30,000);
  • Curb and gutter work on 10th Street ($12,000) and Myrtle Street ($17,000);
  • Two plow scrapers ($12,000);
  • A Fifth Street retaining wall ($7,000);
  • City Hall parking lot stairway replacement ($6,500); and
  • Municipal Court carpet replacement ($3,640);

    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.

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    Randy Hanson
    Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
    (715) 426-1066
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