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Posted on: March 17, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from March 16, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (March 17, 2021) – Following is a summary of the March 16, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the full meeting, visit https://www.hudson.oh.us/814/Council-Agendas-Minutes-Videos

Public Comments

  • A letter was read that supported building a vehicle charging station in the downtown.
  • A resident commented on the need for proper questions and representative sample when performing the survey regarding the vacant property downtown. The resident wants to make sure what is planned for that area represents the values of the community.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Park Board Meeting: Park board met Monday and discussed the pickle ball and tennis courts. It voted unanimously to move forward to go out to bid on the design. It will come back to Council for the bidding process.
  • Spectrum: Spectrum has increased the bandwidth for download speeds to 200 mbps. There is no additional charge for this service. Individuals may have to reboot their modems to get these speeds. Contact Spectrum for more information.
  • Hudson Public Power and Prairie State: Council asked for Hudson Public Power to come to Council to discuss the impact of regulations on Prairie State energy which is in the City’s energy portfolio. Staff is currently monitoring the situation and will come back to Council with information in late May or June when it is scheduled to present the new rate study. 
  • The Architectural and Historic Board of Review: A proposal for demolition and alteration of the newer part of the former Middle School building was before the AHBR. The proposal is not for demolishing the 1927 portion of the building.   
  • Garbage Picking: Council received complaints about property stolen from a yard. The property was returned. It brought up the concern about garbage picking which is difficult to regulate. Residents should call Hudson Police first if they see an issue, not their Council person or social media. Police can help best if they are notified immediately, not hours or days later. Use the police non-emergency number for these types of complaints. (330) 342-1800.
  • Regulations for Food Delivery Services: A Council member will be introducing legislation to limit the commission food delivery services can charge for delivery.
  • American Rescue Plan: Hudson, along with other cities across America, will be receiving money as part of the American Rescue Plan. Hudson will receive approximately $4 million. A suggestion was made that it be used toward the Hines Hill grade separation.

City Manager’s Report

  • In-Person Public Meetings: The City will be returning to in-person Council Meetings and Workshops on April 6. The meetings will be hybrid, with citizens being able to attend in person or via Zoom. Those who wish to attend will need to sign up in advance. Limited space is available due to current social distancing requirements. 
  • Open Burn Regulations: The recent brush fire on Barlow Road was not related to the previous brush fire. The previous fire was caused by individuals illegally setting of fireworks. The recent fire was due to individuals who were illegally burning yard debris in a fire pit. The City does not allow open burns in the City. Staff will be putting out a public service announcement to remind people of this regulation. 

Appointments

There is an opening on the Architectural and Historic Board of Review. Individuals can submit applications until 4:30 p.m. on April 9.

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council.

  • A motion to acknowledge the timely receipt of the February 2021 Monthly Financial Report.
  • Authorization to bid the Barlow Community Center Dam Improvements Project.
  • Authorization of an addendum to the contract with QCI for the SR 91 North Turn Lane Project.
  • Authorization to apply to the Ohio EPA for a principal forgiveness loan for the replacement of the lead service lines to the homes within the project area of the N. Oviatt Street Waterline Replacement Project.
  • Authorization to contract with Colan Associates, Inc. for right-of-way acquisition services for the SR 91 South Safety Improvements Project.
  • Affirming the application for a FEMA firefighters grant. The City could receive up to $202,827.27 in grant funding for the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA’s) on behalf of the Hudson Fire Department. The City’s match is 20,282.73.
  • Affirming the acceptance of a grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation for Hudson Community Television in the amount of $1,200 to help fund production of the Good Day in Hudson television series on HCTV. 

The above items passed unanimously.

  • A resolution supporting the Natural Areas Land Conservancy’s Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program application for the O’Brien Preserve project.  Item was pulled and discussed. Passed unanimously. 

Legislation

  • The application for placement of land at 2242 Ravenna St. in a new agricultural use district was passed unanimously.
  • Authorization to enter into license agreements with property owners for the construction of driveways and patios within a City-owned utility easement. Second reading.
  • Resolution to enter a job creation grant agreement with Cleveland Steel Container Corporation. Second Reading.

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