School Board Votes to Pay Consultants for Dog Track Rezoning Prep Work
The Hudson School District will pay Stantec Consulting to aid in its quest to persuade the City of Hudson to rezone the St. Croix Meadows dog track property for use as a secondary school site. The property seller will pay half the consulting costs.
At its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 12, at River Crest Elementary School, the Hudson School District Board of Education voted to pay for consulting services in the effort to persuade the City of Hudson to rezone the St. Croix Meadows dog track property for use as a school.
The vote was 5-1 with Sandy Gehrke dissenting. Brian Bell was absent.
A scope-of-work document from Stantec Consulting of St. Paul includes $10,000-$11,800 for market research and $5,000-$5,600 for public meeting preparation. Ad hoc requests for services will be billed at various rates from $91 to $225 per hour depending on the personnel required. Costs up to $25,000 will be split evenly between the district and the property seller, Croixland Properties.
The property purchase passed a districtwide referendum on April 3 with wide support, but the deal is contingent on rezoning the land from commercial use to public use. The district has formally requested the city rezone the property, but was met with skepticism from the city's Plan Commission and citizens at a public hearing.
At a special school board meeting late last month, the district extended through the end of December its June 15 deadline for closing on the property.