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 Hudson Fire Department honored Craig Smith as its Firefighter of the Year for 2015 during its annual banquet at St. Croix Marina the night of Jan. 9. Smith was a big contributor to the department over his 27 years as a firefighter, Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said in a phone call Monday. He described Smith as dedicated and hard-working. A medical issue forced Smith to retire last year from the fire department and his full-time job as an ironworker.
Six days after a group of homeowners pleaded for more stop signs on Vine Street, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee signaled there’s little chance of them being installed. Alderperson Randy Morrissette II, the Public Safety chair, led a discussion of the issue at the committee’s Jan. 12 meeting. Morrissette said he first heard residents’ complaints about speeding on Vine Street during a Jan. 6 meeting about the planned 2016 reconstruction of Vine from First to Ninth streets.
The race for the Hudson District 4 aldermanic seat pits a two-year incumbent against a newcomer to city politics. Jim Webber, a retired 3M Co. chemical engineer and manager, currently represents the district that stretches from Vine Street in the north to the south city limits along Carmichael Road. He’s being challenged in the April 5 election by Holly Jones, a Hudson real estate agent.
Less than halfway into a one-hour, 45-minute meeting on the reconstruction of Vine Street planned for next summer, City Engineer Tom Syfko had his marching orders. After listening to impassioned pleas from homeowners, Syfko said he and the city’s consulting engineers would investigate whether stop signs or other traffic calming measures should be installed to slow down drivers. A series of audience members had reported vehicles traveling at high speeds on the street.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night approved a cost-sharing agreement with the town of Troy for the reconstruction of Tower Road and authorized the preparation of plans and specifications for the project. The city and town will share the costs 50-50 for the portion of the road that forms the boundary between the two municipalities. The town will pay all of the cost of rebuilding about a one-third mile stretch that lies entirely within its boundaries. The total project cost is estimated at $913,000, with the city’s share expected to be a little more than $400,000.
Jean Johnson, the wife of Hudson School Board President Jamie Johnson, suffered severe fractures Sunday, Jan. 3, in a fall from a horse she was riding near Baldwin. Both of...
The Wisconsin Lottery announced on Sunday that a $50,000 winning ticket from the Jan. 9 Powerball drawing was sold at the Holiday SSG station-store at the corner of Second Street and Coulee Road in Hudson. Powerball fever is running high as the jackpot for the Jan. 13 drawing has grown to about $1.5 billion.
Hudson Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli is always happy to talk about trees. That was the case in a recent phone call from the Star-Observer inquiring about the city’s latest urban forestry grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources. Hudson is set to receive up to $23,000 in matching funds in 2016 to carry out what Zeuli said will be five urban forestry projects. The first is to convert the inventory of trees on city property to a GIS software platform.
The Hudson City Council is mulling whether to change the way the city assesses adjacent properties for street resurfacing and reconstruction. Under the current policy, property owners are assessed half the cost of replacing driveway aprons, sidewalks, and curb and gutter, but nothing for the replacement of the asphalt street surface. The council is thinking about changing the policy to require property owners to pay for a percentage of the total project cost, including the repaving.
Hudson architect Michael Huber used his DJI Phantom II Quadcopter (aka drone) equipped with a GoPro Hero camera to take some scenic photos of downtown Hudson under snow cover at noon Friday, Jan. 8. He launched the drone from Prospect Park. Huber is active in the Western Wisconsin Photography Club that meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at The Phipps Center for the Arts.