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Hudson looking for more liquor licenses, again

The city of Hudson will once again ask its closest neighbors to transfer a liquor license, after a request was made on behalf of Paul Rode, who is looking to open a new restaurant downtown, at the council meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.

Hudson, which has no liquor licenses left to award, previously made the request last year from its neighboring municipalities. At that time, town of Troy offered one up for $50,000 and town of Hudson asked for $100,000.

"Now that price may have changed, I don't know," Mayor Rich O'Connor said. "But just to put it into perspective, kind of an uphill climb."

None of the liquor license applicants at that time were interested in paying that fee, O'Connor said.

That fee, set by the municipality transferring the license, would be paid by the applicant, not the city, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said. The applicant would pay the fee to the city, which would then transfer it to the original municipality.

After the first year and initial fee, the license would then become a city liquor license.

If the city did receive a transferred license, it would not automatically go to the restaurant making the request, O'Connor said. The license would be open for anyone to apply, and the city would make a decision on who to award it to like it has in the past.

The city will receive an additional license when the population reaches more than 14,000, which City Administrator Devin Willi said will likely happen in the fall of 2019.

Council Member Randy Morrissette II said the city was also making headway with the governor's office, though he does not know where that stands now after the election.

The council unanimously approved a motion to have the city clerk look into a transfer license from one of the neighboring municipalities.

Mayer Road development

A new development off Mayer Road near Carmichael Road is moving forward, after the council approved the final plats and development agreement with developer LandDevCo.

Final plats were approved for the 20-acre one-family residential, 13-acre multiple family residential and 5-acre general business parcels.

Neighbors have expressed disapproval of the development at previous public hearings, citing concern for increased traffic in the area and a use of a higher-density than just single-family homes.

Single-family homes are planned for the 20-acre parcel, and townhomes are planned for the 13-acre parcel. The 5-acre parcel was originally planned for high-density apartments, but that proposal did not receive approval from the city's plan commission.

The development also removed access from the development to River Ridge Road, to address traffic concerns on that road.

O'Connor and Morrissette said the plan commission thoroughly discussed traffic issues with the development, and are planning ahead for it.

Easements have been included on storm ponds in the development, allowing the city to have full access to and maintenance of them. Public Works Director Mike Mroz said the city prefers to maintain the ponds, rather than the homeowner's association, to ensure municipal stormwater MS4 requirements are being met.

Mroz said he was satisfied with the easements as they were written.

Rebecca Mariscal

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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