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Storm cleanup progressing, Public Works director tells City Council

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Hudson city workers have been busy cleaning up after the two wind and rain storms on June 21 that toppled many trees in the area, Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli reported to the City Council on July 1.

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Zeuli indicated that removing damaged limbs from trees on street boulevards and other city property is a top priority for the city crew because of the danger they present the public.

The concern is that the branches could eventually fall on someone or something. He said workers had been out with a bucket truck taking down broken tree limbs.

Another crew had been traveling the city with a wood chipper on wheels, turning downed branches from parks and street right

of ways into mulch.

Yet another crew was picking up tree debris from street boulevards.

City workers are picking up only trees and branches from city-owned property.

The city has established a free drop-off site on O'Neil Road in St. Croix Business Park where property owners can haul their debris. The site is scheduled to remain open seven days a week through Sunday, July 14.

Alderperson Randy Morrissette II wanted to know what the plan was for removing tree debris from along streets if the property owners neglect to do it. He indicated that the debris is a traffic hazard in some places.

"At what point do you just pick them up," Morrissette said of the tree limbs.

Zeuli said the city would go through the usual process of notifying property owners to remove hazards and nuisances. He said city compliance officer Dave Krupich had been putting flyers on debris piles informing property owners of their need to remove them.

Other action

 --Accepted a petition from Alan Griesbach, 483 Stageline Road, to annex 3.88 acres in the town of Hudson into the city. The triangular-shaped parcel is located on the south side of Stageline Road at the west intersection with Coachlight Drive. The petition says the property would be used for multi-family housing. The council referred the petition to the Plan Commission, city staff and the city attorney for further review.

--Approved a request from Tom Belongia to barricade Walnut Street between First and Second streets on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a vintage British car show.

--Approved a request from Hudson High School to close Second Street between Myrtle Street and Coulee Road at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, for the annual homecoming parade.

--Approved testing the use of parking meters that allow payment by debit/credit cards and smart phones. The Passport Parking meters will be placed the Phipps parking lot.

--Authorized Stephen Tornio, 74 Springhill Bay, to erect a fence within a utility easement, contingent upon the execution and recording of an easement agreement.

--Scheduled a public hearing for 6:55 p.m. Monday, July 15, regarding the application of Magena SMV Transport and Taxi Services LLC for a taxicab license. The officers listed on the application were previously approved for a 2013-14 taxicab license for Kilimanjaro Taxi Cab LLC.

--Authorized A-1 Archery to discharge bows at its property at 1810 Webster St. on Wednesday, July 10, from 3-7 p.m. for "The Brotherhood Bus Tour 2013" event.

--During the period reserved for citizen comments at the start of the meeting, listened to a complaint from George Lange, owner of the building at 522 Second St., about storm sewer drainage problems in the alley of his property. Lange said there had been numerous incidents of flood damage to his and neighboring buildings, the most recent in the rainstorm the evening of June 21.

--Listened to Mayor Alan Burchill proclaim the week of July 13-21 to be St. Croix River Awareness and Cleanup Week. Burchill encouraged everyone to celebrate the river and engage in the voluntary removal of litter from its banks.

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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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