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HUDSON, OH (March 23, 2020) – Council held it’s first virtual Council Meeting tonight. Here are highlights from that meeting.
Police: We are limiting contact with public, and among staff. We have postponed some services, including fingerprinting, outreach, and prescription drop off. Enforcement is an option but not the City’s first option for Stay at Home Order. HPD is using education and diplomacy and we aren’t seeing many problems. All police time off and vacations have been canceled. We are grateful for the food citizens bring to share with Police, Fire and Ems, but due to safety issues, we can no longer accept food for our safety forces as this time.
Fire/EMS: The number of confirmed cases that are self-isolating remains at three in Hudson. As of March 1, we have responded to 30 cases of suspected cases, with only one being a confirmed case. We are protecting our members and patients through an aggressive disinfecting program. We have a good inventory of PPEs and equipment, with over 740 masks. We have over 7,000 pairs of gloves. We have mutual aid agreements with other communities to help as they have staff available. Regarding COVID-19 testing, tests are done at labs and hospitals and not by local cities.
Norfolk Southern Railroad Update: Skylar Sutton and a group of representatives met with Norfolk Southern to discuss the current rail project and stopped trains at the Hines Hill crossing. The location of the NSR stop light was selected to not block the Twinsburg Road crossing and it will take an engineering study to add another light. The group also discussed quiet zones and the Little Tikes crossing.
Hudson Ohio Helps: Beth Bigham worked with a group to create a website that connects people who need help with people who can help at www.hudsonohhelps.org.
Hudson Coronavirus Response Task Force: Council President Bill Wooldredge is creating a Hudson Coronavirus Response Task Force comprised of three Council members to work with City staff and the local business community. The term of this Task Force will be for 90 days, and Mr. Wooldredge is asking the Task Force to come back in two weeks with specific things the City can do to help businesses, along with a cost for those items.
Open Meetings Laws: Legislation is going through the state legislature to permit voting by virtual meeting as an amendment to the open meeting laws. Therefore, Council continued with first, second, and third readings, but could not vote on the consent agenda or any third readings. When the state legislation is passed, we could vote at a later Council Meeting. To view the meeting or to see the list of items read at the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us.