Letter: Questions school plan for St. Croix MeadowsAfter watching the April Plan Commission meeting I realized that our School Administrators have met their match. When confronted with questions by the City of Hudson’s Plan Commission regarding the possible rezoning of the St. Croix Meadows property our district administrators started dancing like Arthur Duncan during the Champagne Hour.
By: John A. Windolff, Hudson, Hudson Star-Observer
After watching the April Plan Commission meeting I realized that our School Administrators have met their match. When confronted with questions by the City of Hudson’s Plan Commission regarding the possible rezoning of the St. Croix Meadows property our district administrators started dancing like Arthur Duncan during the Champagne Hour. The commission did not ask tough questions, they did not ask tricky questions, they did not ask “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” The Hudson Plan Commission simply wanted to know, what the district’s plan is for the SCM property, and why the plan can’t be executed on one of the other proposed sites.
Eggebraaten addressed a group that wasn’t buying the manure she so readily shovels with reckless abandon. The Plan Commission wanted more than; this site’s too small or that one’s too hilly. Tim Erickson claimed that to make the UU property build ready it would cost more than the SCM site. What a complete crock! When asked what the district’s plan would be if the rezoning was denied, Eggebraaten stated “the SCM property is the only site the board sees fit for building.” She then proceeded to angrily explain some non-build options that made completely no sense.
Council member Mary Yacoub stated a concern for the economic future of the city and expressed an unwillingness to remove any potential resource generating property from the city’s tax roll. Eggebraaten agreed that she too had concerns about the district’s financial welfare and although the city would have some short term loss of revenue, in the long term the rezoning would pay big dividends. Ya, right! And if I were 20 years younger and lost 200 pounds I’d marry one of the Olsen twins. If our superintendent is so concerned about the financial welfare of the good people of the Hudson School District why has the school board hired contractors, architects, appraisers, and even a legal team that do not reside in the district? If they really cared about the district, they would spend the district’s money with businesses that reside in the Valley.
The “vote yes” coalition is calling for the rezoning, touting “the people have spoken.” Funny, most of those same people did not see it that way when it came to the governor. Two years ago the “people spoke” electing Walker as governor. Yet, recall election here we come.
Sandy, “you are our island in this horrific sea of hypocrisy.” Good luck!