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Alan Burchill running for another term as mayor of Hudson

Alan Burchill announced Tuesday morning that he is in the running for a second full two-year term as mayor of Hudson.

“I enjoy it. I think we’re making progress,” the mayor said in a phone call to the Star-Observer from his office at St. Croix Valley Insurance agency, which he owns.

“There are going to be lots of challenges coming up, and I hopefully can make a positive impact on that,” Burchill added.

He said the city is looking to expand downtown parking and increase funding for the Hudson Area Joint Library from both public and private sources.

The coming Wisconsin Street reconstruction and planned Vine Street reconstruction are projects he would like to play a role in, he added.

Burchill said he is pleased that the City Council has established a five-year capital budget to improve streets and other infrastructure.

He also noted the establishment of a storm water utility to maintain and improve storm sewers, as well as a 5-percent increase in municipal support for the library in 2014.

He said those things have been accomplished at the same time that tax bills have been kept “pretty level” the past two years.

Burchill first joined the City Council as the alderperson for District 6 in the spring of 2007.

In late 2010, fellow council members elected him to replace former mayor Dean Knudson when he resigned to take a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly.

Burchill defeated former District 5 alderperson Scot O’Malley in the election for a full two-year term as mayor in April 2012.

“The primary thing we need to accomplish is to continue to attract new companies and businesses to our area,” he said Tuesday morning.

“That’s the fun part of the job. We’ve got a lot to offer here with good schools and a great tax situation for businesses. We need to create as many jobs as we can for our people who live in the area.”

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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