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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City Administrator Devin Willi confirmed Monday that the City Council has come to an agreement with the contractor that started building the new floodwall in Lakefront Park. Council members approved the settlement after discussing it behind closed doors at their July 16 meeting. The vote to accept a settlement offer from W.W. Grading came after the council had returned to open session. Willi said he didn't have a copy of the settlement yet and wouldn't say how much it is for. He said the agreement would be a public record as soon as he receives it from City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick.
The owner of a Madison management company that operates a number of assisted-living facilities around the state would like to make an empty Hudson condominium building into one. Rob Simonson of Apex Property Management Inc. spoke to the Hudson Plan Commission on July 26 about his plans for the vacant Vista Canyon building on Hanley Road across from St. Croix Business Park. A good deal of Simonson's presentation involved describing the services that are provided in a state-licensed residential care apartment complex.
Hudson will take its time deciding whether to annex 54 acres for a new big-box commercial development, judging from the discussion at a meeting of the city's Plan Commission. Commissioners agreed that they need to study the future of the entire Carmichael Road corridor between I-94 and Vine Street/County UU before recommending whether or not to bring the land into the city. They said they would begin the planning for the entire corridor at their next meeting in August. Double Play Investments and Rock Island Land Co.
The city's 2008 budget will be extremely tight because of tax levy limits the state government is expected to impose on local governments, Hudson Mayor Jack Breault reported to the City Council on July 16. "This is going to be a tough, tough year," Breault emphasized. The 2007-09 biennial budget passed by the Republican-controlled state Assembly wouldn't allow any increase in the city's 2008 property tax levy.
Donald D. Gilbert resigned from his positions as chairman of the city Parks Board and a member of Plan Commission in a June 7 letter to Mayor Jack Breault, the Star-Observer learned recently. "I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve my community as a volunteer on the police and fire board, park board and planning commission," Gilbert wrote. "I have enjoyed working with the entire city staff.
Cooperation from public and private landowners is needed to turn back a disturbing invasion of noxious weeds in the Hudson area, experts agree. Patches of leafy spurge, spotted knapweed and musk thistle have overtaken roadside ditches, fields and even parks at an alarming rate over the past few years, they say. The invaders have been aided by dry conditions that hamper the growth of native plants.
The Hudson City Council has put into law many of the guidelines and policies on the design of buildings that came out of a seven-month planning process for the downtown. The council at its July 16 meeting adopted a set of amendments to the city's Zoning Code (Chapter 255) that establishes a downtown overlay district and rules on the exterior architecture of commercial buildings within the district. The new regulations are drawn from the "Hudson, Wisconsin, Downtown Visioning" plan adopted by the council on May 31 of this year. The plan was put together by Putman Planning & Design, working i
The city of Hudson has the downtown building design guidelines in place that it wanted before considering plans to redevelop the River City Center. Now city officials are waiting for a formal proposal from the company that initiated the planning work last fall with a plan to raze the existing shopping center and erect a new hotel, retail and residential condominium complex. GCI Builders Inc. of St.
Hudson's churches are frequently lauded for their ecumenical spirit, and a good example of it is the informal pastors' prayer group that meets every Tuesday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church. Attendance varies from a handful of clergypersons to sometimes over a dozen, according to the regulars.
The day after the Star-Observer reported in last week's newspaper that developers are interested in bringing a big box store to Hudson, the petition for the city to annex 54 acres on Carmichael Road arrived at City Hall. Monday night, the City Council on a 4-2 vote forwarded the petition to the Plan Commission for its review. "I have indicated that this is no slam-dunk annexation. It will be closely scrutinized," Dennis Darnold, the city's community development director, warned the interested parties at the discussion. The petition was filed by Rock Island Land Co.