Posted at: 07/06/2012 5:57 PM
| Updated at: 07/06/2012 6:36 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
HUDSON - As Alfred and Joanne Turek sweated to load an ancient wood stove onto the bed of his pick-up, he was saying good by to a lifelong tradition.
"Well, I saw it coming but I hated to believe it," he said.
Alfred and Joanne are planning to comply with Hudson city officials' order to get out by July 15th.
They'll be letting go of a development that isn't much to look at, but has deep significance to some of the folks who've been coming here for decades.
There's no running water or indoor plumbing.
There is electricity although the mayor says the electric company doesn't know how it got there.
You'll see a couple of satellite dishes and some TV antennas.
Along with refrigerators for the beer, it's a basic man cave, which is how a lot of people liked it for fishing, hunting and related activities.
"I think this is public use land," said resident Joe Gallo. "I don't think anybody should own it but my feeling was we should be able to maintain it."
Although people squatted here for decades, it became an issue after the land was transferred from the state to the city of Hudson a couple of years ago.
They have development plans that don't include preserving what is currently there, plus there are liability concerns.
So they've ordered the part-time occupants to get out.
"A fence will be erected on July 16th, preventing anyone from gaining access into that area," said Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck, Jr.