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Village will pay for sewer service mistake

The village of North Hudson will pay nearly $9,000 to correct a mistake made by a contractor, based on advice from the village for a water/sewer connection at 850 Kirkwood Way No. in North Hudson. The address is in the Derrick Addition, north of Krattley Lane North.

Public Works Director Mark Ekblad told the village board that contractor Denny Bjornstad consulted the village about the proper location to make the water/sewer connections.

“I was on vacation at the time, and he received inaccurate information,” Ekblad said.

Trustee Daryl Standafer brought the issue up, wondering why the village was paying for a mistake made by a contractor.

“So you’re telling me that the mistake was made based on information dispensed by the village?” Standafer asked.

Ekblad responded “yes.” Ekblad said the issue had been discussed with his staff and it will “not happen again.”

The contractor said he could not perform the work of correcting the mistake before a May 16 deadline because of a family issue. Bjornstad recommended the village hire Zappa Brothers. The board approved hiring Zappa to make the corrections at a cost not to exceed $9,000. The actual fee was $8,890.55. The board approved the payment.

Other issues

--The board approved discontinuing the Mutt Mitt program. The bags for picking up pet litter are available in several North Hudson parks. The village will use the current supply and, when they are gone, will remove the Mutt Mitt dispensers in the parks. The change will save the village about $600 per year.

“I hope pet owners will bring their own bags when walking pets,” said Village President Stan Wekkin.

--Approved the installation of a memorial bench in Pepper Fest Park to honor the late Wally Gregerson. The bench will be paid for by the family; the public works department will install the bench.

--Approved May non-recurring claims of $17,352.66.

--Approved the purchase of a tablet or note pad for Village Administrator Gloria Troester. The cost is not to exceed $900.

--Approved the animal control contract with Kathi Pelnar, effective July 1 through Dec. 31, 2014. She is on call from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, and after hours in the event of an emergency. Fees vary depending on the services rendered; for instance, an animal picked up and transported to impound is $55 plus mileage.

--Approved replacing a wood fence around the sanitary lift station near 902 Sally’s Alley No. The board approved the replacement at a cost not to exceed $2,500.

--Approved numerous annual licenses for the sale of beer, liquor, tobacco and coin operated amusement machines at several North Hudson businesses. Also approved a fireworks permit application from Marc Zappa of Exit 1 Fireworks.

--Approved participation in the annual St. Croix RiverFest, scheduled July 12-17. One of the events includes cleaning the banks of the St. Croix River. The village approved cleaning at Brown’s Beach and Ferry Landing Beach.

Present at the meeting were trustees Paul Rode, Ted Head, Colleen O’Brien-Berglund, Rod Anderson, Marc Zappa, Daryl Standafer and President Stan Wekkin.

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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