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HUDSON, OH (December 16, 2020) – At last night’s City Council meeting, Council discussed possible types of small business relief and Hudson Police hybrid energy-saving vehicles and the graphics on the new cruisers. The meeting began early, with Council going into executive session to discuss current vacancies on the City's boards, commissions, and committees.
During public comments, Ron Brubaker expressed his objection to a recent article suggesting a company was planning to reactivate the inactive rail line from Hudson to Akron. He expressed support for the original Metro RTA plan to establish a “rail to trail” multipurpose trail along the rail line. He asked Council to send a letter of support jointly with Metro RTA to Norfolk Southern Railroad in support of the trail project. Assistant City Manager Thomas Sheridan said he spoke with Metro RTA and Valerie Shea who is proposing reactivating the railway has not contacted RTA for more than a year. Metro RTA is continuing its plans to move forward with its rail to trail project from Barlow Road to Seasons Road. Council members will discuss wording for a letter further at the January 12th meeting.
Correspondence and Council Comments
Council expressed safety concerns for a list of intersections and the Owen Brown underpass and asked staff to look into them. Staff has a Traffic Committee meeting scheduled January 7 to discuss these intersections and will come back to Council in January. The Owen Brown Bridge project was previously approved by Council and is part of this year’s budget. It calls for adding a pedestrian sidewalk under the bridge, signalization that would only let one vehicle at a time to travel under the bridge.
Report of Manager
The Senior Advisory Committee is trying to keep seniors connected in the time of COVID with drive-through events each month. They also are checking in with seniors and offering classes on how to do Zoom.
Police Hybrid Vehicles
The Hudson Police Department (HPD) now has five months of data on its use of hybrid police cruisers. Initial data shows that they are saving gasoline, as well as reduced CO2 admissions. The vehicles are scheduled to break even for the additional cost for the hybrids at 50,000 miles. Police vehicles usually are kept for 100,000 miles.
Police Cruiser Graphics
Hudson’s new vehicle graphics meet and exceed standards for markings and visibility for police vehicles. To offset the darker cruisers, smart lighting has been added to the light bars to improve officer and motorist safety, both day and night. Additional lighting has been added to the sides of the vehicle so that it can easily be seen from all angles of approach. Additional reflective lettering and striping is being added to the vehicles, but it has been delayed by COVID-19. It will be completed soon. The new cruisers also include smart lighting which is computer based. The lighting accounts for the speed of cruiser and adjusts to improve visibility for officers.
Small Business Relief Program
Council members considered COVID-19 relief options for local small businesses. Council expressed the need for increased foot traffic and sales to help the merchants. Several possible programs were suggested, and Council asked staff to come back in January with costs and more details on several of the possible programs discussed.
Consent Agenda Items Approved at the Meeting
A. The timely receipt of the November 2020 Monthly Financial Report.
B. Ordinance amending the 2020 budget for amended appropriates for the 4th Quarter of 2020.
C. Authorization to advertise for bids to use the government competitive purchasing programs and enter contracts for construction materials, services and equipment as included in the approved 2021 budget.
D. Annual resolution to authorize the City to purchase equipment, materials, supplies and services for municipal utilities and Velocity Broadband service operation that will exceed $25,000 based on the 2021 approved budget.
E. Affirmation of the application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Covid-19 Supplemental grant funding totaling $12,034.60 for purchasing COVID-related personal protective equipment and supplies for Fire and EMS. A $1,203.46 match is required.
F. Authorization to submit the SR 91 South Safety Improvement Project (Barlow Road to Stoney Hill Drive) to Planning Commission.
G. Authorization to pay listed invoices, each in excess of $3,000, for which commitments were made before Purchase Orders were generated.
Council also tabled an Ordinance placing a moratorium on the operation of short-term rentals in Hudson and an Ordinance to enact a new Chapter that would regulate short-term rentals until January 19.
To view the meeting in its entirety, visit Council Minutes, Agendas, Videos.