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Our View: North Hudson did the job right

People, including those of us in the media, are often critical of governmental agencies, but sometimes government officials do a "great job." We feel that is the case in the construction of a new addition and remodeling of the village hall in North Hudson.

North Hudson was able to build the 3,300-square-foot addition and remodel the old 2,160-square-foot building for just under the budgeted amount of $760,000. They were able to complete the project on schedule and to make the story even better -- it's a lovely looking building. On budget, on time and a great job -- who could ask for anything more?

There was a hard-working committee of North Hudson officials and citizens who met virtually every week during the planning and construction process. The committee was chaired by George Klein, a Village Board member. Other members were Gloria Troester (administrator, clerk, treasurer), Mark Richert (chief of police), Mark Ekblad (supervisor of public works), Gene Shefland (former trustee) and Wally Gregerson (former board president).

Klein took this project and treated it with all-out dedication. He watched every detail of the construction process as if contractors were building his own house. If you know George, you know he has the bull-dog type of mentality and he would not accept anything less than perfection.

Klein was quick to acknowledge the performance of the architect and contractor. The architect for the job was Elliot Architects of Hudson (Elliot Anderson and Trent Yunker). The contractor was Derrick Commercial Contracting. In fact, Klein complimented the performance of Derrick's job manager, Mike Mikla.

"Without exaggeration, Mike could not have been more professional and conscientious," Klein said.

Of course, there's another item that makes this job even more attractive -- both the architect and contractor are local firms.

A public open house will be planned in the near future. Klein said they are waiting for various items of furniture. But in true Klein fashion, the village is using as much of the old furniture as possible, or makes sense. And the new furniture falls into the "economical" column. For instance, the new chairs in the board room were purchased for $60 each -- a paltry sum even for the most economically minded. As George said, "If it doesn't last 20 years, you just buy another one for $60."

Now there is some fiscally logical thinking!

North Hudson has mapped a construction model that makes sense, and we think taxpayers appreciate the effort and dedication of doing the job right.