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City street resurfacing projects scheduled to start Monday in Knollwood neighborhood

Tom Zeuli, director of Hudson’s Public Works and Parks Department, was pleased at the end of Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The city is beginning to make some real progress on repairing its streets, he said.

During the meeting, Zeuli reported that Monarch Paving Co. will begin work on a $1 million mill and overlay project the week of July 14.

The project will begin with the resurfacing of Knollwood Court, Knollwood Street, Oakwood Court and Briarwood Court, he said.

Work on Livingstone Road, Wisconsin Street and the Williams Park parking lot is scheduled for the week of July 21.

Buckeye Street is scheduled for resurfacing the week of July 28, and the intersection of Second and St. Croix streets, the week of Sept. 2.

The council approved the $1,036,220 construction contract for the work at its June 16 meeting.

Monday night, alderpersons decided to also proceed with resurfacing of Ward Avenue, from 17th Street to the east end, at a cost of $172,520.

The city had advertised for bids on that work as an alternate project. The council held off on approving the work at its last meeting because it exceeded the budget for mill and overlay projects. The council at the June 16 meeting asked Finance Officer Neil Soltis to explore options for funding the work.

Soltis presented a number of options to the Finance Committee on Monday, including using the remaining $66,718 in the mill and overlay budget and $105,802 from the street maintenance fund.

Alderperson Rich Vanselow was a proponent of that idea, supported by Council President Randy Morrissette II.

Morrissette said Ward Avenue in the area of the Plaza 94 Shopping Center has a flooding problem. Cars have stalled in the high water during rainstorms, he reported.

Zeuli said the project would include installing two new stormwater catch basins and making improvements to a couple of others.

Public Works Committee Chair Mary Yacoub voted against the plan. She was concerned about drawing down the street maintenance fund. She said the Public Works Department might need the money for other problems, such as repairs to a sink hole at Fifth and Locust streets, and street pothole and crack patching.

Zeuli said he intends to use street maintenance funds to do spray patching of Vine Street between First and Ninth streets, as well as portions of Sixth Street and Coulee Road.

Also on Monday night, the council approved a $206,947 bid from Fahrner Asphalt Sealers of Plover, Wis., for the crack-filling and flex-patching of numerous city streets. Fahrner’s bid was lower than one from American Paving.

In addition, the council approved a $25,934 bid from Struck & Irwin Paving Inc. of DeForest, Wis., on slurry seal crack-filling of streets in the Stonepine neighborhood. Struck & Irwin beat out Fahrner for the work to Wisconsin Court, Hunter Hill Court, Stonepine Avenue, Stonepine Bay, Stonepine Circle and Stonepine Court.

Other action

In other action, the council:

--Approved the first reading of an ordinance annexing 12.3 acres of property north of the intersection Stageline Road and Old Hwy. 35. The property was part of the Hwy. 35 right of way before the highway was moved 1,000 feet to the west. Community Development Director Dennis Darnold said a few changes to the annexation agreement are needed before final approval of the ordinance. The property is designated for general commercial use in the city’s comprehensive plan.

--Postponed action on a request by a Cheers Pablo franchise for a Class “B” beer license and “Class C” wine license. City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said the business offers group painting classes, along with a food menu. She questioned whether it is a restaurant, a prerequisite for Hudson businesses wanting to serve beer and wine.

--Approved Kim and Bob Boddy’s request for a conditional use permit to operate a dog kennel and dog daycare in the former Five Star Auto Center building at 1400 Gateway Circle. The Boddys are purchasing the building.

--Approved an alternate bid of $51,440 from Skyline Renovations for the construction of a pole building at the city West Garage to replace one that collapsed under the weight of snow last winter. An insurance settlement will cover all but $2,450 of the cost. The council approved the additional spending in order to increase the height of the building to 14 feet, which will allow access to it by more vehicles. The building will also get an automatic door.

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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