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City of Hudson plans to improve Lakefront Park dike environment

The Hudson City Council on Monday night authorized the city's consulting engineering firm to design lighting improvements for the dike road that extends across much of the St. Croix River from Lakefront Park.

Jim Eulberg, director of Parks and Public Works, said more street lamps are needed to improve both the safety and esthetics of the dike.

The new lights also will compliment other planned improvements for Lakefront Park, Eulberg said.

Hudson's Daybreak and Noon Rotary clubs have plans to build a pavilion and restroom facility at the end of the dike in cooperation with the city. No one said Monday night whether that project will finally be started in 2006.

The dike road bridge also is scheduled for replacement within the near future.

Council President Scot O'Malley said better lighting is needed on the dike to discourage illegal drinking and other activities that sometimes take place there after dark.

In a related matter, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick reported that she is working on a proposed ordinance to restrict boat parking at the end of the dike.

The Park Board asked Eulberg to take steps to restrict boat parking after Mayor Jack Breault forwarded a letter from Hudson resident Mary Martin suggesting the action.

Martin said in an April 11 letter to Breault that the boats that often crowd the sandy beach on the north side of the dike at its western end prevent others from enjoying the beach.

"If you sit at the beach, all you see is the front of a boat, if you want to get your feet wet you have to climb over ropes and anchors, swimmers are totally lost from view. This is not right. Let everyone enjoy this area," Martin wrote.

She suggested limiting boat parking to only the west side of the area.

Eulberg said he had had discussions with Department of Natural Resources warden Rick Rosen and the department also is interested in limiting boat parking on the dike.

Eulberg said the city of Prescott has recently taken steps to curb boats from congregating there, and if Hudson doesn't do something, it could inherit Prescott's problems as well.

O'Malley said Hudson's Municipal Code already prohibits boats from beaching on the dike for more than 40 minutes.

Munkittrick said she intends to draft a proposed ordinance restricting boat parking on the dike for consideration at the council's June 5 meeting.

Other action

In other action at Monday night, the council:

  • Awarded Monarch Paving a contract to repave Laurel Avenue from 13th Street to 17th Street and the downtown Harbor, City Hall and North parking lots. Monarch submitted the only bid on the project, offering to do the mill and overlay work for $85,314. Eulberg said that amount was within the Public Works Department's budget for the project.

    Alderman Paul Radermacher asked if more parking utility revenue could be used to fund the resurfacing in order to free up money for additional street projects.

  • Awarded a contract for repainting street lane markings to Bergman Companies. Bergmann submitted a low bid of $11,557 on the project. Twin City Striping also bid on the project.
  • Accepted the Park Board's recommendation to name a new fishing pier at Lake Mallalieu after Lawrence "Corky" Hope, a former game warden and St. Croix County sheriff. Hope developed a system for planting walleyes and worked to improve the Kinnickinnic River's trout habitat. Mayor Breault's wife, Willetta, is Hope's daughter. He died in 1990.
  • Authorized the Hudson Lions Club to install a children's drinking fountain in Grandview Park, nearby the future community-built playground. The fountain is in the shape of a fiberglass lion. Children will put their heads inside the lion's mouth to get a drink of water.
  • Gave final approval to a master sign plan for the Ban Tara commercial development. The plan consolidates signs for seven of the 10 businesses that will occupy the development.
  • Approved a "Bikers in Need Foundation" charity motorcycle ride through Hudson on Saturday, Aug. 26.
  • Gave approval for teams of runners and walkers participating in a 200-mile relay race to come through the city on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26.
  • Denied a request for a handicapped parking stall on the north side of Locust Street near the Wells Fargo Bank entry.
  • Granted fireworks sales permits to SSG Corp., North Hudson Ventures, Fleet Farm and TNT Fireworks. Sales locations will be the city's Holiday station stores, the Hudson Flooring building at 1800 Crest View Drive, the Fleet Farm store, Target and Wal-Mart.
  • Granted a request for a 25 mph sign on Spruce Drive.
  • Approved a concessions agreement with the Hudson Softball Association that gives the city 10 percent of the net revenue of beer sales at Grandview Park.
  • Approved special event permits for the River Rock Music Festival in Lakefront Park June 15-18 and the St. Croix Music & Art Festival in Lakefront Park July 14-16.

  • 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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