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 set of proposed guidelines for downtown development that the city of Hudson will unveil next week contains a plethora of ideas for making buildings attractive -- and incentives for builders that use them. Included in the 56-page booklet produced by Putman Planning & Design are suggestions on building colors, setbacks, height, roofs, architectural variety, fa?ade openings, windows, entries, materials, lighting, signs and more. But instead of listing hard-and-fast rules that builders would have to follow, the city is offering to let them choose design elements suitable for their situations
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Home construction in the city of Hudson didn't show any sign of rebounding during the first quarter of 2007. Building permits for just nine single-family homes were issued during the three-month period, according to a report from the assessor/building inspector's office that was presented to the City Council. Over the same three months in 2006, the city issued permits for 18 new single-family homes and two twin-home units. The city experienced a dramatic decline in home construction in 2006 as a whole compared to 2005. Permits were issued for a total of 94 housing units in 2006.
It took a coin toss for the Hudson City Council to decide who its new president would be after members deadlocked 3-3 between aldermen Lee Wyland and Paul Radermacher at their April 17 organizational meeting. Wyland, the District 4 alderman, was declared the president after the coin flipped by Mayor Jack Breault came up heads. He will replace Scot O'Malley as council president, a post O'Malley held for five years. O'Malley nominated Wyland to serve as president for the coming year.
Lakefront Park and the downtown area will see a greater police presence this summer as a result of a plan worked out by the City Council's Public Safety Committee and Police Chief Andrew Smith. School liaison officer Mark Crimmins will be patrolling the downtown and park when classes aren't in session. Casual call officers will be brought in to conduct the patrols when Crimmins isn't available, the committee decided at its April 4 meeting. Smith reported that the police department is working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and St.
Negotiations are under way to bring Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television programming to the town of Hudson, according to leaders of the cable access station. Judy Kelly, chairperson of the Community Access board, said recently that the board is trying to broker a deal between Comcast and Baldwin Telecom that would allow town residents to view the local community access Channel 15 and education Channel 6. Comcast provides funding for the channels under its franchise agreements with the city of Hudson and the village of North Hudson. Baldwin Telecom provides the cable television se
Tom Bednarowski became a teacher because of a summer job he once had. As a high school student in Menasha, he worked for the city's recreation department coaching baseball and supervising parks. "That got me working with kids and liking kids," he says. "That's where I decided to go to college and become a teacher." After 33 years in the profession (32 of them in Hudson), the popular eighth-grade U.S. history teacher will call it a career at the end of the school year. "I like teaching. I still like teaching," the 55-year-old says.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night gave final approval to a policy that allows only government entities to display advertising banners over Second Street at Locust Street. Council members approved the measure 6-0 in a roll call vote. City Council President Scot O'Malley reiterated his disappointment about having to exclude nonprofit organizations from displaying banners over the street.
The Hudson Plan Commission and the City Council are far enough along on drafting a set of guidelines, policies and regulations controlling development in the downtown that they have scheduled a public forum to present the proposal. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the River Room of The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St. Marc Putman of Putman Planning and Design has been guiding the Plan Commission -- and lately the City Council -- through the process of developing the proposed standards. A proposal last fall by GCI Builders of St.