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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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.
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
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 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.
On Monday night, the Hudson City Council approved final development plans for a new 12-screen theater complex on the eastern edge of the city. The Cinema Entertainment Corp. theater will be built on the 33-acre DaMe Properties commercial development. The development is located on the east side of Hwy. 35 between Stageline Road and I-94. Roger Humphrey of Humphrey Engineering and Tony Tillemans, vice president of Cinema Entertainment, presented the plans for the 42,889-square-foot theater complex.
Monday night's meeting of the Hudson City Council had more drama than usual when members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club paid a visit to City Hall. The Outlaws are upset with rules aimed at keeping them away from Hudson that have been imposed on Dibbo's nightclub.
Beach lovers don't have to leave Lakefront Park to satisfy their hunger this summer. JW Kaladi's delicatessen is selling frozen treats, soft drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and fries out of the park's long unused bathhouse concession stand. Under a contract approved by the City Council in June, the city receives 5 percent of the stand's gross sales as rent. Requests from the public led the Park Board to recommend that the city invite a vendor to operate the stand.