City of Hudson plans to improve Lakefront Park dike environment
The Hudson City Council on Monday night authorized the city's consulting engineering firm to design lighting improvements for the dike road that extends across much of the St. Croix River from Lakefront Park.
Jim Eulberg, director of Parks and Public Works, said more street lamps are needed to improve both the safety and esthetics of the dike.
The new lights also will compliment other planned improvements for Lakefront Park, Eulberg said.
Hudson's Daybreak and Noon Rotary clubs have plans to build a pavilion and restroom facility at the end of the dike in cooperation with the city. No one said Monday night whether that project will finally be started in 2006.
The dike road bridge also is scheduled for replacement within the near future.
Council President Scot O'Malley said better lighting is needed on the dike to discourage illegal drinking and other activities that sometimes take place there after dark.
In a related matter, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick reported that she is working on a proposed ordinance to restrict boat parking at the end of the dike.
The Park Board asked Eulberg to take steps to restrict boat parking after Mayor Jack Breault forwarded a letter from Hudson resident Mary Martin suggesting the action.
Martin said in an April 11 letter to Breault that the boats that often crowd the sandy beach on the north side of the dike at its western end prevent others from enjoying the beach.
"If you sit at the beach, all you see is the front of a boat, if you want to get your feet wet you have to climb over ropes and anchors, swimmers are totally lost from view. This is not right. Let everyone enjoy this area," Martin wrote.
She suggested limiting boat parking to only the west side of the area.
Eulberg said he had had discussions with Department of Natural Resources warden Rick Rosen and the department also is interested in limiting boat parking on the dike.
Eulberg said the city of Prescott has recently taken steps to curb boats from congregating there, and if Hudson doesn't do something, it could inherit Prescott's problems as well.
O'Malley said Hudson's Municipal Code already prohibits boats from beaching on the dike for more than 40 minutes.
Munkittrick said she intends to draft a proposed ordinance restricting boat parking on the dike for consideration at the council's June 5 meeting.
In other action at Monday night, the council:
Alderman Paul Radermacher asked if more parking utility revenue could be used to fund the resurfacing in order to free up money for additional street projects.