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Council approves $1 million in street resurfacing work

A contract for more than $1 million in street improvements was approved by the Hudson City Council Monday night.

The lone bid on the resurfacing came from Monarch Paving Co.

The streets to be resurfaced later this summer are:

--Livingstone Road, from Heggen to Industrial streets;

--Laurel Avenue parking area at Williams Park;

--Knollwood Court, from 302 to 324;

--Knollwood Street, from Wisconsin Street to Oakwood Court;

--Oakwood Court;

--Briarwood Court;

--Wisconsin Street, from Prospect Park to 11th Street S.;

--St. Croix Street and Second Street intersection; and

--Buckeye Street, from First to Second streets.

The total base bid on the project was $1,036,220.

The council referred an alternate bid to also resurface Ward Avenue from the east end of Plaza 94 Shopping Center to 17th Street to the Public Works Committee.

The committee will try to find the $172,520 needed to also complete that work. The council will consider accepting the alternate bid at its next meeting.

An alternate bid to repave the surface of the intersection of Summer and Liberty streets was rejected because of the $25,447 price.

Karen Erickson of Foth Infrastructure and Environment suggested tying the resurfacing of the intersection in with a future street project, which she believes will lower the price.

The council also approved special assessments for curb and gutter replacements done in connection with the street project.

Three people spoke at a public hearing on the assessment at the start of the council meeting.

Henry Paulson, representing Willow River Cemetery, asked for relief from a $2,793 assessment.

“This is an impossibility for us to pay,” said Paulson. “Does anyone have any ideas?”

Mayor Alan Burchill noted during a later council discussion of the assessment that the city provided around $8,000 in room tax funding to the cemetery this year.

The cemetery can also pay the assessment over five years, he said.

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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