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City annexes property for hospital addition

The 20 acres that Hudson Hospital & Clinics plans to use for construction of a medical office addition was annexed into the city by a unanimous decision of the City Council Monday night.

The land of Stageline Road is where George and Mary Hoel and Einar and Rita Horne used to have their residences.

Community Development Director Dennis Darnold reported that hospital officials had signed the annexation and development agreement.

@by:Other action

@t:In other business Monday night, the council:

--Approved a change of use of the former Vine Street Florist building at 527 Vine St. Lisa Townsend and Jane Nicol are relocating their Hammond artists' studios and retail shop to the building, and renaming it Vine Street Studio. Darnold said the Plan Commission determined that the new use of the building would cause no more traffic or noise than its previous use as flower shop.

--Approved final development plans for an 11,776-square-foot retail center in the Ban Tara commercial subdivision. The building will be located on the east side of Carmichael Road and north of Center Drive. The developers are Brian Zeller and David Robson of Ban Tara LLC.

--Voted 4-3 to remove the stop signs on Vine Street at Fourth Street. Mayor Alan Burchill cast the tie-breaking vote, siding with alderpersons Mary Yacoub, John Hoggatt and Rich Vanselow in supporting removal of the signs. Alderpersons Randy Morrissette II, Lori Bernard and Kurt TeWinkel opposed the action.

Frank Rhoades, who lives near the intersection and is a member of the city's Plan Commission, spoke for keeping the signs in place. "I think there is a lot more use there than is given credit for," he said regarding the amount of traffic at the intersection.

--Denied Alderperson Hoggatt's request to have a stop sign installed for northbound traffic on Seventh Street at Mallalieu Drive. A stop sign had been placed there on a trial basis, and removed about a month ago. Hoggatt said homeowner at the intersection had asked to have the sign reinstalled.

--Approved placing signs at the end of the dike road warning of the danger of trying to swim across the river to the Minnesota shore.

--Approved the purchase of $52,588 worth of playground equipment for Burton Field.

--Rejected a bid from Honeywell to install a keyless entry system for city park buildings at a cost of $43,843. Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli said he would look for a less expensive stand-alone system.

--Approved a $1.50-per-hour increase in wages for election workers. The new hourly pay will be $10 for election inspectors, $10.50 for the assistant chief inspector and $11 for the chief inspector. City Administrator Devin Willi said it has been increasingly difficult to recruit the number of election workers that is needed. The decision was also made to discontinue the practice of providing meals for election workers.

--Authorized the police department to hire a collection agency to try to recover some of the more than $50,000 in overdue parking fines.

--Approved a resolution declaring the city's intent to levy special assessments of curb and gutter improvements that will be part of a Grandview Drive reconstruction project between Ash Drive and Vine Street, and for alley improvements north of River Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.

--Approved a resolution declaring the city's intent to levy special assessments for sidewalk and curb and gutter replaced under an annual sidewalk and curb improvement program.

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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