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City will survey residents for opinions on development

The Hudson City Council decided Monday night to mail questionnaires to all of the city's approximately 4,400 households seeking input on development issues before a new city plan is drafted.

The Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls initially proposed sending surveys to 1,065 randomly selected individuals, saying that number would be enough to provide a relatively accurate picture of residents' wishes.

But council members agreed with the Plan Commission's recommendation that all households be surveyed.

Mayor Jack Breault said the commission didn't want any resident to feel that he or she hadn't had the opportunity to provide input on the comprehensive plan the city is getting ready to draft.

The cost of sending an eight-page survey to all city households and businesses, and having the results compiled, will be $16,500 to $19,500, depending on how many responses the city receives. A smaller survey would have cost several thousand dollars less.

"If we're going to do this, let's do it the right way," said District 2 Alderman Dennis O'Connell.

The motion to go with the more expensive survey was adopted on a unanimous voice vote. District 5 Alderwoman Carah Koch was absent. The District 1 council seat is vacant following the recent resignation of Michael Laatsch.

Other business

In other matters, the council:

  • Adopted the first reading of proposed amendments to the city's large assemblies ordinance. Council members discussed whether private groups should be permitted to limit access to public parks by selling tickets to events held on parkland.

  • Heard a report from O'Malley that 291 elm trees were cut down in 2005 in an effort to halt the spread of Dutch elm disease.

  • Was informed by Mayor Breault that he would be contacting companies for proposals on reducing the size of the city's deer herd. He said he'd like a hunt to be conducted later this month or in February.

  • Denied a request to increase parking meter times to three hours.

  • Denied a request for a stop sign at the corner of River Ridge Road and Mont Croix Drive.

  • Approved the certified survey map of three industrial lots and one outlot north of Tower Road and east of Willis Miller Drive in St. Croix Business Park.

  • Offered opinions on whether tinkering with the timing of traffic lights on Carmichael Road has improved the traffic flow.
  • 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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