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Hudson to host premier walleye tournament

Hudson will play host to the granddaddy of walleye fishing contests in October 2008, Mick Howland, owner of The Dry Dock boat dealership, informed the City Council Monday night.

Howland said the Professional Walleye Trail sponsored by In-Fisherman magazine will bring 120 professional fisherpersons and 120 amateurs to town - along with their families and tournament organizers and sponsors.

He said the event will have a big financial impact on the community and encouraged the city to support it.

The fisherperson will launch from boat ramps in both Hudson and neighboring communities on the St. Croix River. The weigh-in will take place in Hudson's Lakefront Park.

The City Council had a light agenda Monday night.

It approved the purchase of two new Crown Victoria squad cars from Dave Holt Ford at a price of $21,550 each. The Hudson dealership's price for the two cars was $530 lower than a bid from Ewald Chevrolet of Oconomowoc, which has a contract with the state to provide vehicles.

Police Sgt. Marty Jensen said the new squads will be painted black and white to distinguish them from other police vehicles in the area.

The council postponed approval of plans for extending sanitary sewer main to the River Crest Elementary School on the south side of the city that is currently under construction.

Alderman Scot O'Malley said the Public Works Committee hadn't had time to study the plans, and there was no urgency to approve them because the project isn't scheduled to start until next April. The council concurred.

Community Development Director Dennis Darnold recommended adoption of an amendment to the Municipal Code requiring businesses that recycle electronics to obtain a permit from the city.

Darnold said some businesses are now offering free disposable of electronic products because the market for some of the components has improved. He indicated that the city should check to be sure that recycling firms are properly disposing of all the components because some contain hazardous waste.

Darnold noted that he had also a sign inviting the disposal of electronics at a Hudson residence, which he indicated might be a problem.

The council authorized the drafting of an amendment that would require a permit for recycling businesses.

"My greatest concern is that we know when these events will occur, that we have some background on the recycling service, and that there are plans in place which address traffic, hazardous materials and emergency response issues," Darnold said in a memo to City Council members.

The council also approved the appointment of election inspectors to work at city polling places in 2008 and 2009. The Democratic and Republican parties each submitted a list of workers.

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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