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City extends leaf collection

The mild weather this fall has prompted the Hudson City Council to extend the tree leaf collection program by at least one week.

Council members decided Monday night to keep the leaf drop-off site at the city garage at 1421 Second St. open through Saturday, Nov. 12 - and maybe longer if warranted.

Leaves were late in falling this year, council members agreed, and some are still clinging to trees. They said property owners will need more time to clean the leaves from their lawns.

Public Works Director Jim Eulberg said that because the city is charged on a volume basis for disposal of the leaves, the cost of keeping the drop-off site open another week won't be that great.

The council authorized city officials to further extend the collection period if needed.

The disposal site will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To get to the drop-off site, take Division Street west from Second Street and follow the signs.

The rules for dropping off leaves include bringing them in bags 90 gallons or smaller in size. No brush, tree limbs or foreign materials will be accepted. The site is for the use of city residents only.

In other action Monday night, the council:

  • Postponed a decision on Kevin Bordenave's application for a beer and wine license for the pizzeria he intends to open at 407 Second St. Council members wanted more time to investigate whether the parking area Bordenave intends to lease for use by restaurant patrons is already leased to the Twisted Grille restaurant.

  • Authorized a total of $6,800 in salary increases for eight officers of the Hudson Fire Department. Because surrounding municipalities share in funding the fire department, the city's portion of the salary increase will be about $4,000, City Administrator Devin Willi said. Mayor Jack Breault said Hudson residents get fire protection at a bargain rate, thanks to the dedication of the community's volunteer fire department.

  • Approved a Traffic Tamers program that will have pairs of citizen volunteers using a radar gun to monitor vehicle speeds on city streets. Speeders will receive a letter asking them to slow down.

    Randy Hanson can be reached at

  • 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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