HUDSON -- The Hudson Common Council approved funding $30,000 for the installation of a new door system at the police department at its meeting Monday, Aug. 19.

A power failure caused the previous system to die, said Technology Director Bryan Watson.

The council approved an agreement with CWS Security Watch for the installation. The funding includes an additional $4,000 to cover costs of garage door openers needed while the system was down, a repairman to look at the system and any other equipment that may have died during the power failure.

Wastewater facility

The council approved two resolutions that will allow for application for state financial assistance for the planned wastewater treatment facility upgrade. The first authorized the city’s finance director to serve as representative for filing applications, and the second declared intent to reimburse expenditures from bond proceeds once bonds are issued.

The council heard in January that its wastewater treatment plant, which first opened in the 1950s, needs of about $9.7 million in updates. The city is working with Short Elliott Hendrickson on the project.

Xcel Energy site

The council also approved entering into a temporary staging site lease with Northern States Power Co., a subsidy of Xcel Energy, for the property near St. Croix and First streets. The agreement is part of the company's planned site cleanup. It allows for city-owned property on St. Croix Street to be used as the location for a job site trailer.

At Council member Sarah Atkins Hoggatt’s request, Public Works Director Mike Mroz said a letter will be sent out to neighbors giving notice.

A potential trail extension in that area will be discussed at the next park board meeting.

Emergency manager

Fire Chief Scott St. Martin was appointed as emergency manager. The position was previously held by St. Croix EMS Operations Supervisor Josh Olson.