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City and library agree on building lease payments

The Hudson City Council on Monday night approved a memorandum of understanding with the Hudson Area Joint Library regarding the library’s lease payments for the city-owned building it occupies.

For 2014, the library will pay $11,035 a month ($132,420 for the year) for the 20,000 square feet it occupies in the building at the corner of First and Vine streets.

The agreement notes that the payment is for the joint library’s share of the cost of operating the building only, and is based on 2013 actual operating costs. It doesn’t include payments for capital costs.

The library shares the building with the Hudson Police Department and isn’t charged for the portion of operating costs attributed to the police department either.

The joint library is a partnership of the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson and towns of Hudson and St. Joseph. It has an independent, eight-member board, but the municipal partners control the level of property tax support for the library.

The municipal governments also appoint the seven of the members of the library board. The city has three representatives, the town of Hudson, two, and North Hudson and the town of St. Joseph, one each.

The Hudson School District also appoints a library board member.

The memorandum of understanding updates the “lease and option to purchase agreement” the city and library signed when the city purchased the building at 700 First Street in December 2009.

The memorandum says the title of the previous agreement doesn’t accurately reflect the nature of the agreement or the payments the library makes to the city.

It says the library doesn’t pay rent, but reimburses the city for its share of operating expenses for the building. Future annual increases in the occupancy payment will be capped at the increase in the consumer price index.

Any payments in excess of actual operating costs for a year will be returned to the library.

The memorandum of understanding was signed Feb. 18 by Library Board President Rich O’Connor and Rich Vanselow, the City Council’s representative on the Library Board.

Mayor Alan Burchill and Clerk Nancy Korson will sign the agreement on behalf of the city.

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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