North Hudson Board passes resolution supporting bridge
The North Hudson Village Board met Tuesday, March 1, and unanimously passed a resolution supporting construction of the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge.
St. Croix Economic Development Executive Director Bill Rubin outlined the plan to try and get the bridge approved.
After decades of debate, a team of stake-holders finally reached an agreement for a bridge plan a few years ago, but the National Park Service reversed its decision last October, essentially halting the bridge project unless there is congressional intervention.
Rubin outlined a plan that is underway to try and get congressional approval or an exemption for the bridge. He said Congress will have the final say. Part of the process involves collecting support from various governmental agencies in St. Croix County and Washington County, Minn.
"The EDC is acting as a clearing house for all these resolutions being collected and they will be delivered to Washington, D.C., when testimony is heard by a committee in April," Rubin said.
After unanimously approving the resolution, each board member signed the document.
The board approved the 2011-12 contract with the North Hudson Professional Police Association Union by a 4-3 vote.
Trustee Daryl Standafer said he would not vote in favor of the contract because it calls for a 2 percent salary increase for both years of the contract.
Trustee Star Wekkin also spoke against the agreement.
"With the budget repair bill, we don't know how municipalities will be impacted," Wekkin said.
When it came to a vote, Trustee Marc Zappa joined Wekkin and Standafer in voting against the agreement. Voting in favor of the contract were trustees Jim Thomas, Joe Cothern, Colleen O'Brien-Berglund and President George Klein.
St. Croix Station project
There was no one in attendance for a public hearing regarding street improvements along Station Circle North in the St. Croix Station neighborhood of North Hudson. After the hearing closed, followed by a brief discussion, the board unanimously approved a resolution declaring preliminary intent to get the project started and levy special assessments to residents along the repair route.
Kevin Oium of Cedar Corporation (village engineer) outlined the details of the project. Total cost is projected at $148,140, of which residents will be assessed half that amount ($74,070).
With some minor exceptions, most of the 22 property owners will be assessed $3,742.80.
Oium said the only substantial unknown factor at this time would be the price of oil, which could affect the price of asphalt. He is hopeful, however, that any increases might be accounted for cutting some costs in other areas.