Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism.
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After many years of doing business together, Hudson seat accessory company SITTAB has acquired Carmac Seats. The relationship started back in 2000, when Carmac founder Bob MacGillivray first met with representatives of Sweden-based SITTAB, who were looking to expand to the United States. Though he didn't have any contacts within the companies SITTAB wanted to work with, MacGillivray said he bravely offered to arrange a visit for them. "What have I done," he said he thought at the time.
The Hudson EMS recognized several members of the community with its Great Save Awards Monday night at the Hudson Common Council meeting. Pharmacist Nathan Jacobson was honored for his quick response to a woman experiencing a severe allergic reaction. He administered an EpiPen, providing assistance before first responders arrived.
The Hudson Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and award ceremony last night, Jan. 26. The event recognized winners of the Business of the Year, Member of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Marie Blakeman award. The winners were: Community Volunteers of the Year - Agave Kitchen Disaster Relief Efforts Chamber Member of the Year - Angel Duratti, Angel’s Pet World Small Business of the Year - Hudson Flower Shop Large Business of the Year - Hudson School District Marie Blakeman Award - Bobbi Pominville
A possible increase to council members and mayor compensation will be up to a citizen committee after the issue was brought up to the Hudson Finance Committee Monday night. Council Member Randy Morrissette proposed the increase, saying the commitment required by the roles has increased. "I believe most of us have been pretty committed, and meetings are getting longer," he said.
The construction portion of the 2016 Vine Street improvement project saw an increase of about $29,960 over the estimated cost, though the total project cost is still under budget. On Monday night, City Engineer Tom Syfko told the Hudson Common Council that the original estimate of about $210,000 for construction services with Bolton and Menk was low. He explained the estimate was made at the time of the letter of engagement back in 2015, when there were still many unknowns with the project.
Next year will see more affordable housing come to Hudson with the development of The Carmichael, affordable senior housing located off Carmichael Road and Maxwell Drive. Development of the housing is moving forward after the Gerrard Corporation received a grant of $540,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. This is the first of two important grants, Gerrard Vice President Paul Gerrard explained, with the next one from the Wisconsin Housing and Development Authority coming up in late May. The total cost of the project is $7 million.
Thanks to some good luck in a political lottery, Hudson High School junior Harly Lentz attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump this past weekend in Washington, D.C. As a 4-H member for the last eight years, Lentz had the opportunity to apply to be one of 500 youth from all over the country to attend the event through a program by the national 4-H center in Maryland. He got a spot after an interview and lottery process and attended as one of the 31 representatives from Wisconsin. "We were the third biggest delegation," he said.
To give the city of Hudson better control over what businesses expand into the residential areas surrounding downtown, the plan commission has recommended the addition of another zoning district. Community Development Director Denny Darnold presented the idea to the commission at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10. The new zone was prompted by a request from Hans Friese to rezone 708 Second Street from two-family residential to central business district.
As a start to the new year, the Hudson Common Council held a special meeting Monday night to review the first two years of its five-year capital project plan, ranging from 2017 to 2021. Finance Officer Brenda Malinowski explained the city bonds for these capital projects every other year, in two-year increments. The proposed bonding total for 2017 and 2018 is $5.2 million. The last capital bonding in 2015 was $4 million, and the city went back to market in 2016 for $3 million.
A 2012 Hudson High School graduate, Padraic Morton is starting a new chapter in his hometown with his new business Computer Concierge. The computer and phone repair business is prepared to fix a variety of technology issues, from one-hour phone screen repairs to data recovery. "Both things are like full works," Morton said. "Just about anything you can have go wrong with your computer, you can bring it on in and we can fix it up." He also does information technology work for small companies that need help.