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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 , the Board of Education voted to pay for consulting services in the effort to persuade the 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 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  and citizens at .

At a special school board meeting late last month, the district its June 15 deadline for closing on the property.

Kato June 13, 2012 at 08:28 PM
maybe because it's the same stock answers that get used for any challenging question, I know I have that problem with management where I work... just saying
Jim Bob June 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Kato, don't you think pretty much EVERYBODY has some problems with management where they work? It doesn't sound like the person who left the meeting had challenging questions. If he had questions, he might have stuck around to hear some answers. Perhaps he presented his world view on the issue and left. He left because how could anybody dare question his world view. There are people who think they know it all.
Micheal Foley June 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Remember folks. No personal attacks. Let's stick to the issues here.
Jim Bob June 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Mike: Are there any personal attacks in my comments? Since Voice of Reason started the comments, I am following along on that string. I would say that VOR's starting commenting doesn't really fit with the story. It's a sidebar that might be related. However, we don't know the person of whom VOR speaks and nobody seems to want to bring that public information into the discussion. If I have made a personal attack, I sure would like to know so I can avoid it in the future. Perhaps, when you put out the personal attack remind, you could name the specific violators. That way, those playing by the rules and trying to have an adult discussion know whether or not they are doing the correct thing. I'm just saying...
Micheal Foley June 14, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, Sue.

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