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Council OKs purchase of Weitkamp Park playground equipment

The Hudson City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting approved the purchase of $53,507 worth of playground equipment for Weitkamp Park, located at the corner of Hanley and O'Neil roads on the city's southeast side.

MN/WI Playground Inc. submitted the low bid on furnishing and installing the equipment.

The money for the equipment will come from impact fees paid by residential and commercial developers and designated for park development.

In other action, the council:

  • Approved the purchase of a 2006 Crown Victoria police car from Dave Holt Ford at a price of $20,575. Holt's bid was $223 more than that of an Oconomowoc dealership's, but the council decided that the value of doing business locally outweighed price difference.

  • Denied Laurie Valento's application for a conditional use permit to operate a garden and gift shop out of a residence at 1129 Seventh St. Valento hoped to purchase the house at the corner of Seventh and St. Croix streets as her primary residence and also use the yard as a display area for her Garden Divas business, currently located in Beldenville. Neighbors opposed the plan.

  • Authorized spending up to $8,524 on engineering work to correct a drainage problem in the area of Nye Street and Aldrich Avenue, and another $6,266 or less to correct problems with drainage in the block bounded by Fourth, Fifth, Vine and Elm streets.

  • Approved a new fee schedule for the reserved use of city parks in 2006. City residents will pay fees ranging from $15 for the small pavilion in Prospect Park to $150 for a wedding at the Lakefront Park band shell. Nonresidents will pay $60 and $300 for those venues.

  • Increased the impact fee for park development paid by developers to $1,072 per residential unit. It was $822 per unit for the past four years.

  • Accepted a $370,028 bid from Holst Excavating for the construction of a street in St. Croix Business Park. The project will be paid for by development fees and tax incremental financing revenue.

  • Authorized the sale of $1,625,000 worth of industrial development notes that the Hudson Hockey Association will use to finance its new arena. The city bears no financial liability for repayment of the notes.

  • Approved placement of a Cingular cell phone antenna on the roof of Dibbo's bar and restaurant building in downtown Hudson.

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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