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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Selling a small piece of city-owned land on Coulee Road to the owners of The Nova Restaurant & Wine Bar won’t be simple. The city of Hudson will need to go through a legal process outlined in the Wisconsin Statutes to sell the property that is part of 27 acres donated to the city in perpetuity by Christian J. Birkmose in 1924. Birkmose is referred to as the father of Hudson’s park system in the city’s Outdoor Recreation Plan. He donated the bluff on the south side of Coulee Road, overlooking the St. Croix River, to be the park that now bears his name.
The city of Hudson’s 3.5 percent tax on hotel rooms will provide $56,900 in subsidies for community organizations, celebrations and beautification in 2016. The City Council approved the room tax budget recommended by Mayor Alan Burchill at its Feb. 22 meeting. Seventy percent of this year’s room tax revenue, up to a cap of $150,000, will go to the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, the city’s designated tourism entity.
Raider sophomore Eryn Crump will compete at the WIAA Individual State Gymnastics Tournament in two events after qualifying at the Division 1 sectional meet last Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial High School. Crump took third in the floor exercise with a score of 9.25 and finished in a three-way tie for third in the vault with a 9.1 to earn spots at state in both events. She was also Hudson's top scorer on both the balance beam and the uneven bars, placing 12th on the beam with an 8.1 and 13th on the bars with 7.875 to total a sixth-place all-around score of 34.325.
A North Hudson family is without a home after fire ravaged their two-story residence at the corner of Summit and Krattley lanes on Monday evening. “I would say that the home is a total loss,” said Assistant Hudson Fire Chief Bill Wanner, who directed the firefighting operation. Cory and Shelly Duncan are the owners of the house at 818 Summit Lane N. that was destroyed in the blaze. The Hudson Fire Department was able to save the house next door, although the inferno melted the siding on the north side of David and Deborah Breen’s home at 814 Summit Lane N.
I remember when conservatives were the defenders of local control. That was when Democrats had some power in Madison. Now, with Republicans in charge of the Legislature and Scott Walker in the governor’s office the tables have turned. State Rep. Katrina Shankland, a Democrat from Stevens Point, recently asked the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau for the number of unfunded mandates and restrictions on the power of local governments that have been enacted since Walker took office in 2011.
The Hudson Water Utility will spend some big money over the next five years to replace meters and inspect homes for places where contaminants could get into the water supply. It’s all needed to keep the utility in compliance with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources standards and the federal Clean Water Act.
Yet another eating and drinking establishment is coming to Hudson. Monday night, the City Council approved a beer and liquor license for a new venture by Pete Foster, owner of Barker’s Bar & Grill and San Pedro Cafe, both on Second Street in downtown Hudson. Foster is planning to open Del Este Small Plates & Lounge in the former office building at 212 Walnut St., most recently occupied by a quilt shop.
After hours of discussion at an informational meeting, three Public Works Committee meetings and three City Council meetings, it’s back to Plan A for the Vine Street reconstruction project. Monday night, the City Council approved plans and specifications for the initial design, which is a 36-foot-wide roadway from First to Ninth streets, with parking continuing to be allowed on the north side of the street from Fourth to Ninth during the warm-weather months.
People living in one- and two-family residential districts in the city of Hudson are now free to compost yard waste and some kitchen wastes in their backyards -- within limits. The Hudson City Council on Feb. 8 adopted an ordinance allowing and establishing regulations on composting. Council President Tom McCormick said the new Section 207-12 of the Municipal Code, titled Residential Composting, was drafted in response to a request by citizens Sue Dahl and Phyllis Jaworski to compost organic materials at their homes.
A preliminary master plan of the 145 single-family home development proposed for the former Hudson Golf Club property received the blessing of the Hudson City Council on Feb. 8. Council members asked a few questions about M/I Homes’ planned residential development, but on the whole seemed satisfied with what they saw and heard about it. Community Development Dennis Darnold presented the plan for about 110 acres of the former golf course, including 25 acres of open space on the north side.