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Monday night, the Hudson City Council accepted two applications for rezoning and sent them to the Plan Commission for review and a recommendation.


Timothy and Betty Caruso are seeking to have the former Nor-Lake warehouse at 811 First St., which they own, rezoned from the current two-family residential district (R-2) to office district (OFC).

The rezoning would also require changing the land use designation for the property on the city’s comprehensive plan from one- and two-family residential to neighborhood commercial.

The application was referred to the Plan Commission as part of the council’s consent agenda, without discussion.

In their application, the Carusos say they want to develop a new office park for a locally owned business that is planning an expansion.

The business would add employees and provide space for other businesses, too, the application indicates.

It lists Jennifer O’Neil, a Hudson lawyer specializing in elder law, as a contact person.

“Her wish is to provide for this by moving to a dynamic downtown area,” the application states.

Timothy Caruso is director of the Hudson Water Utility.

Architectural drawings of a proposed two-level, four-suite office building were included with the application. The site plan also shows a smaller office building on the south boundary of the property, and a parking lot behind the buildings with spaces for about 70 vehicles.

Also forwarded to the Plan Commission was Richard and Janet Stout’s application to rezone about three acres at 483 Stageline Road from one-family residential district (R-1) to multi-family residential district (RM-1).

The property, located at the west intersection of Coach Light Drive and Stageline, was recently annexed into the city. The Stouts say they want to use it for multi-family housing or assisted-living housing.

Public hearings on both rezoning applications were set for Monday night, Nov. 18, prior to the regular City Council meeting.

The hearing on the Stout application is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. The hearing on the Caruso application is scheduled for 6:55 p.m.

Other action

In other business Monday night, the council:

--Approved the creation of a part-time administrative assistant I position to replace the current full-time executive secretary position held by Jan Doonan. Doonan will retire Nov. 1 after nearly 25 years with the city. The new position will be for five hours a day, with additional hours required as needed. The starting wage is $18.79 per hour, with health insurance and retirement benefits.

--Approved the purchase of a Chevrolet Tahoe from Luther Hudson Chevrolet for use as a quick response vehicle for St. Croix Emergency Medical Services. EMS Chief Kim Eby said the ambulance service wanted a vehicle big enough to tow a rescue boat when needed. The bid price from Luther Hudson was $31,400, which was lower than the price from the southern Wisconsin dealer with the state contract to provide vehicles for local governments. It will cost another $9,700 to equip the vehicle.

--Approved repairs to the Hudson Fire Department’s ladder engine that will cost $11,223. Fire Chief Jim Frye reported that the 25-year-old ladder didn’t pass an annual inspection required for state certification. He said the repairs to the ladder’s hydraulics must be completed before the ladder is put back into service. Frye said future repairs to the ladder engine will likely be needed due to its age. It is scheduled for replacement in 2017.

--Adopted a new ordinance regulating multi-rider, bicycle-like vehicles known as quadricycles. A Stillwater, Minn., company is interested in operating pedal tour quadricycles in Hudson. Unlike in Minnesota, passengers won’t be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.

--Approved a $2,200 change order for Zappa Brothers Excavating to add more riprap for the sailboat dinghy anchor project.

--Approved a special event permit for the Hudson Hot Air Affair, scheduled for Feb. 7-9.

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.
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