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City buys new parking meters for downtown

Downtown Hudson will soon have new digital parking meters following action by the City Council on June 19.

The council approved the purchase of 340 remanufactured Duncan meters and related equipment from Parking Meter Services at a price of $40,465.

Council members rejected two other bids that were higher by $5,880 and $15,375.

The new rates for parking downtown also will go into effect when the new meters are installed. The new fee will be 25 cents per hour and 10 cents per 20 minutes.

The current rate for parking in a metered space is 10 cents per hour and 25 cents for two hours.

Other business

In other business last week, the council:

  • Heard Public Works Committee chairman Scot O'Malley report that the city's boom truck has been taken out of service because it is no longer safe to operate. He said the city had rented a boom truck for a month for $2,700 in order to take care of work that had to be done. Public Works and Parks Director Jim Eulberg said he had been looking for a deal on a good used truck. Mayor Jack Breault suggested contacting the city of River Falls to see if Hudson can share its truck for the short-term.

    O'Malley said the best long-term solution was to buy a new truck and take care of it.

  • Gave final approval to an ordinance that restricts boat parking in Lakefront Park and at the end of the dike road. The ordinance limits boat parking along the Lakefront seawall and shore to four hours. Parking is prohibited between the northwest corner of the dike beach and where the riprap on the dike road begins. The fine and costs for the first parking violation is $149.40. The second offense will cost boat owners $230.
  • Received a packet of information from City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick on a proposal by Alderman Randy Morrissette II to regulate where sexual offenders can live in the city of Hudson. Munkittrick reported that the state Department of Corrections opposes those types of ordinances. The issue was referred to the council's Public Safety Committee.
  • Denied a request for an ordinance prohibiting truck engine breaking. The measure was opposed by Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye who said in a memo to the Public Safety Committee that fire trucks need to employ engine braking for safety reasons.
  • Approved removing the no-parking zone on Vine Street in front of First Baptist Church.
  • Adopted a resolution declaring the city's intent to assess some property owners for sidewalk and curb and gutter replacement. The sidewalk replacement is scheduled for portions of Laurel Avenue (between 13th and 17th streets), Orange Street (between Second and Third streets), and Second, Third, Myrtle and Locust streets. Curb and gutter replacement is scheduled for portions of Laurel Avenue, Orange Street, Oak Street (between Fifth and Seventh streets), Third Street, Crest View Drive, Mayer Road (at the Carmichael Road intersection) and Second Street.
  • Approved final development plans for a 10,032-square-foot office and warehouse facility at 3440 Yoerg Drive in St. Croix Business Park being built by Jim Schober, owner of St. Croix Valley Ecowater. The business will distribute bottled water from the facility.
  • Approved the placement of a freestanding sign on street right-of-way at 1003 Crest View Drive. The sign will advertise the Prairie Pointe Professional Center being built by Mark Erickson.

  • 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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