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Council Meeting Highlights from May 4, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (May 5, 2021) –Following is a summary of the May 4, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit

Opening Comments

The Council President asked for thoughts and prayers for the Mayor and his wife as she fights cancer. He also asked for a moment of silence for Hudson resident Kristopher Roukey who was shot and killed in Akron on Sunday. 

Honorary Resolution 

  • An honorary resolution was presented to recognize E. Leslie Polott, Executive Director of the Hudson Library & Historical Society, for 25 years of service to the Hudson community.


  • A Proclamation acknowledging the first full week of May as “Public Service Recognition Week” in Hudson, Ohio, in honor of public employees who serve at all levels of government.
  • A Proclamation recognizing Poppy Days: May 21 - 22, 2021. The American Legion Auxiliary will distribute memorial flowers during Poppy Days in recognition of the sacrifices made by men and women who served and died for their country during a time of war. 

Public Comments

  • Highlights were presented from letters received that were both for and against the Dog Park at Colony Park. 

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Hines Hill RR Crossing. There are concerns that the sign is not illuminating when trains are stopped on the tracks. Council will discussion possible solutions at a future workshop.
  • Traffic Concerns in Downtown Hudson. The Hudson traffic safety commission did research and will be scheduling a Zoom meeting with the public to gather input from citizens regarding which intersections they feel should be looked at as pedestrian safety concerns. The citizen input will be gathered before sending out an RFP for a consultant.  
  • Intersection of Winterberry Drive and Middleton Road. Council asked staff to consider this intersection for pedestrian safety issues. 
  • Pickle Ball/Tennis Courts. Council mentioned including water fountains in the bid, not as alternate. 
  • At-Large Forum. A virtual At-Large Council Open Forum will be held on Thursday, May 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided upon registration. Check the Hudson website calendar for more information.
  • Environmental Awareness Committee Update. The EAC reported that Plog Week was very successful. Seventy two ploggers participated and more than 460 pounds of litter was collected. The Committee expressed concerns that when public lands are being mowed, they are mowing over litter, rather than picking it up. The Fireworks clean up will occur on July 4 after the Fireworks event. The EAC is tentatively planning the Green on the Green event for this fall.

City Manager’s Report

  • Boards & Commissions. Boards and commissions will be moving back to open in-person meetings by the end of June. 
  • Capital Projects: 
    1. Council will receive the monthly update of approximately 50 projects that are underway. Projects for May include:
      • Road Projects
        • The annual Council Road Tour is scheduled for May 22.
        • The road resurfacing and concrete programs are underway. The streets on the list for asphalt resurfacing with more information is available at
      • Sidewalk Projects
        • City staff is nearly finished with the design of the sidewalk along Herrick Park Drive. The Herrick Park Drive sidewalk will be bid along with the W. Barlow Road sidewalk project in May/June.    
        • City staff is designing the segment along SR 303 from Nicholson to W. Case. To be bid in Summer, 2021.  
        • City staff is surveying for the design of the new sidewalk along SR 91 from Twinsburg to Garden Lane. To be bid in Summer, 2021.
        • The City staff has retained consultants for design of sidewalk segments along Middleton Road; Stow Road; E. Streetsboro Street; and Owen Brown Street.  The survey and design will begin in May 2021.     
      • Water Projects:
        • The City of Akron Water Department will be working on the St. Regis/St. Ives water line and the Hudson Aurora water line. Hudson Aurora will be resurfaced after Akron completes the project.
        • Colony Park Sanitary Sewer Pump Station. The Summit County Department of Sanitary Sewer Services is in the process of redesigning the existing pump station near the intersection of Stoney Hill Drive and Ogilby Drive near Colony Park. Construction in 2021
        • Ohio Turnpike Grant Valley View Detention Pond. The City received a grant from the Ohio Turnpike in the spring of 2015 to construct a storm water basin along Brandywine Creek, just north of the turnpike near Valley View Road. Construction will start in May and finish in June, weather permitting.
        • The North Oviatt water line replacement will be done later this summer.
      • Traffic Studies
        • Middleton Road & Stow Road (on-going). It will analyze potential improvements including a traffic signal or round-about.  
        • Terex Road/Hudson Industrial Parkway/Barlow Road. The feasibility study to analyze alternate improvements to improve long-term safety at intersections has begun.   
      • Quiet zones at Stow Road and Hines Hill Road railroad crossings will be constructed this year.

Discussion Items

  • Discussion about installing No Turn on Red Signs at Library St. and SR 303 intersection and in the plaza exit/entrance across from the intersection. When adaptive signals are installed, we can give pedestrians a lead time at intersections before cars get the green light. Council made a motion to install the signs as temporary, then Council will work on a possible ordinance later. The intersection will be monitored after the signs are installed.
  • Letter from American Fireworks Regarding a Land Development Code Text Amendment. The City received a letter from Mr. Roberto Sorgi of American Fireworks asking whether the City would consider amending the Land Development Code. Letter is a preexisting nonconforming use in that area. The amendment would allow them to be a conforming use. Council determined that the property owner needs to make a formal application to PC and go through the normal process. The motion to send the letter directly to Planning Commission failed 4 to 3. 


  • Council recognized the following individuals for their service on the Architectural & Historic Board of Review: Christopher Bach, James Grant, and Arthur Morris 

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council. The Consent Agenda was passed 7-0.

  • Authorization to advertise, bid, and enter a contract for the Windsor Road Culvert Replacement Project. 
  • Authorization to advertise and contract for the 2021 Guardrail Replacement Project.
  • Authorization to advertise and contract for the Colony Park Storm Trunk Sewer Replacement Project.
  • Authorization to purchase and finance the replacement of a leaf vacuum trailer for use in the Public Works Department.
  • Approval of Then and Now Certifications for purchases.


  • Authorization to request proposals for the design of a tennis and pickle ball complex at Barlow Farm Park. Second Reading.
  • Adoption in concept the Parks Master Plan. A Motion was made to amend the plan to remove the mention of Park Board representation on the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the Connectivity (Sidewalks and Trails Master Plan) Committee. The amendment passed 4-3.  Council adopted in concept the Plan as amended. Passed 7-0.
  • Amendment of the Codified Ordinance sections 220.03, 220.08, 222.03, 276.01, 284.01, 284.02, 286.02, and 288.02 that reflect the Charter amendments approved by the voters. Second Reading.
  • Amendment of Part 12 of the Codified Ordinances sections 1205.10(a), 1205.10(d), 1205.10(e), AND 1206.01 to allow single family attached dwellings, townhomes, and planned developments as allowed uses within the District 7 Office Overlay Zone. First Reading. A public hearing is scheduled before Council on June 1, 2021.

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