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Christian Community Home plans major interior redecorating

The City Council on Monday night declared its intent to issue approximately $4.4 million worth of revenue bonds on behalf of Christian Community Home, 1320 Wisconsin St.

The money would be used to fund a major refurbishing of the interior of the 81-bed nursing home. The nursing home also plans to add a hospice suite and refinance some existing debt at a lower interest rate.

Dan Goodier, executive director of Christian Community Home of Hudson Inc., a non-profit corporation, presented the plans to the council.

He said the nursing home, built in the early 1980s, is starting to show its age. The plan is to renovate the interior "from one end to the other," he said, replacing wall coverings, flooring and furnishings. The kitchen will be remodeled to allow diners to see into it.

In addition, a new common space will be added to the entrance of the facility, giving it a more homey feel, Goodier said.

He said the hospice suite would allow residents to die with dignity.

While the city can issue revenue bonds for health care facilities, it has no obligation to pay them off should the borrower default. The bonds aren't legally a debt of the city, either. City approval for the bonds is required to assure that only worthy projects are funded.

The resolution adopted by the City Council on a voice vote with no dissenting votes said the city will hold a public hearing on the proposed bond issue and publish a notice in the Star-Observer of its intent to issue the bonds.

Park fees debated

The council sent the Park Board's recommended 2003 park user fee schedule back to the board for further review. The council also asked the Park Board to provide information on the number of people using the various park facilities and the amount of money being collected. The recommended fees for use of Lakefront and Prospect Park facilities are listed in this week's Hudson Star-Observer (Feb. 20, 2003; page 3A).

Mayor Jack Breault expressed his opinion that park fees charged to city residents should be reasonable because they are already supporting the parks with tax dollars.

Other business

In other business Monday night, the City Council:

  • Approved a 3 percent raise for officers of the Hudson Fire Department. The volunteer firefighters also received a bump in their per-call compensation. Firefighter recruits will be paid $17.50 per call, those with Firefighter I certification, $18.50, and those with Firefighter II certification, $19. The Firefighter II category is a new wage step. The raise for recruits and those with Firefighter I certification was 50 cents per call. The last time the per-call compensation was increased was 2000.

    Council members expressed gratitude for the service provided by the firefighters.

  • Granted CommonBond Communities a $48,610 credit on the sewer connection fee the non-profit organization will pay if it converts the existing Hudson Medical Center into a 67-unit senior housing facility. CommonBond was given credit for fees that were paid when the Medical Center was built. It will still pay a sewer connection fee of $29,110.

  • Postponed action on Hudson Hospital's request for another $20,000 city donation toward construction of the new Hudson Health Campus. Mayor Breault said he wanted City Finance Director Betty Caruso to provide an update on city finances before the council makes the decision.

  • Disallowed a claim from Hudson Wisconsin Country Club Inc. that it paid $35,629 in excessive taxes. City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick advised that payment was a special assessment that the country club agreed to in 1995-96 when the property was annexed into the city, and in 1998 when the property was sold to the Hudson Golf Club.

  • Postponed ratification of the Public Utility Commission's approval of a 5 percent salary increase for Water Utility Director Dennis Christophersen.

  • Approved final development plans for the 57,600-square-foot warehouse and office facility that Gartner Studios is building at 3000 Harvey St. in St. Croix Business Park.

  • Adopted Wisconsin Statute 134.66 regulating the sale of tobacco products as a city ordinance so the city can keep the fines issued to businesses that violate the regulations.

  • Approved an annual report on the condition and operation of the city's wastewater treatment plant that said the plant is in excellent shape

  • 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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