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Hudson's Plan Commission recommends Scout statue

A plan to put a bronze statue of a Boy Scout in Lakefront Park got a boost from the Hudson Plan Commission on April 23.

The commission voted overwhelmingly to recommend approval of the proposed location of the statue next to the entrance to the dike road.

"The Boy Scouts have been in this town a long time. I think it is a very wonderful tribute. It sends a wonderful message," Commissioner Fred Yoerg said of the plan.

The commission approved the location of the statue on a voice vote with no one opposing it.

Commissioner Mary Claire Olson abstained because she serves on the board of the Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Mayor Dean Knudson, chair of the Plan Commission, put the issue on the meeting agenda.

He said a state law requires that the location of memorials and statues in city parks come before the Plan Commission for review.

Knudson is recommending that the city adopt a policy setting the criteria for accepting future offers of memorials such as statues, fountains, public artworks, plaques and the like.

The mayor says such memorials should relate directly to the history or culture of the city, recognize contributions of Hudson residents and organizations with longstanding ties to the community, and enhance residents' sense of place and understanding of Hudson's heritage.

Both final approval of the 6-foot Boy Scout statue and consideration of a memorials policy are expected to be on the agenda of the council's Monday, May 4, meeting at City Hall.

The meeting will begin after a 6:55 p.m. public hearing on a request by Dick Grekoff, doing business as Blue Jay Properties, to rezone a seven-acre site east of Hudson Chrysler from one-family residential (R-1) to multiple-family residential (RM-1).

The property is in the town of Hudson, but the city has extraterritorial zoning power over it.

Grekoff is planning to build a 53-unit senior assisted living facility on the site.

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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