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School board still considering city utilities or septic and well

At its Nov. 12 monthly meeting, the Hudson Board of Education revealed that the property owned by the district at County UU can support an onsite septic system for up to 2,500 students.

The study by Baudhuin Engineering contradicts a previous report by SEH that the site could not support a system for a large school. Director of Fiscal Services Tim Erickson said that Baudhuin and SEH used different methods to determine what the site could handle. He said that Baudhuin has extensive experience building systems for larger facilities. He also noted that the DNR Study had a “favorable” opinion of the Baudhuin report.

Erickson said the study also suggested that, based on the history of the area, there is enough well capacity to support a large school.

The estimated cost of the septic system would be between $1-1.2 million with a well costing somewhere between $228,000-331,000.

The board also decided to table whether to ask the city of Hudson to proceed on a technical feasibility study to bring city utilities to the property until they get more information about what the study would cost and to determine if the city is likely to approve such a project.

Board members voiced concern over whether the city is likely to support bringing the utilities to the UU property and the delay that their deliberations could mean for a referendum on a secondary building option.

Board member Jamie Johnson pointed out that city utilities would cost roughly half of what a septic and well would cost the district. He said he would like to see a report from the city in order to make a “really good decision” about what is best for the district and taxpayers.

The vote to table was 6-1.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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