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Council Meeting Highlights from May 18, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (May 19, 2021) – Following is a summary of the May 18, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Public Comments

  • Noise Ordinance. A resident asked Council to change the Ordinance that allows construction to begin at 6 a.m. back to 7 a.m. 
  • Dog Park. The City received five emails about the proposed dog park at Colony Park (3 opposed, 2 for).

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Dog Park. The Park Board voted on whether to continue the discussion about a dog park at Colony Park. The vote was 3 to 3, so it did not pass. The discussion will be continued at the next board meeting in two months. In the parks survey, one deficit pointed out is that the City does not have a dog park. 88% of the negative comments came from properties in the Colony Park neighborhood. Traffic was pointed to as an issue. Council questioned how busy are these parks? Based on the Park Board’s search for a location, Colony Park was the only location suitable for a dog park. Essentially, the Park Board’s decision will be whether to have a dog park at Colony Park, or no dog park. Additionally, Council mentioned that when looking at a map of the location of all the surrounding community dog parks, the area in the northwest corner of Hudson is the most underserved. 
  • At-Large Open Forum May 20. Councilwoman Nicole Kowalski will hold an Open Forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.  
  • HCTV. The HCTV Advisory Committee will be returning to in-person meetings. They also will be discussing their “HCTV must air” requirement. With more people using HCTV equipment to film Facebook Live events, the committee will be examining if they are required to air those Facebook Live events on Hudson’s cable channels. 
  • Downtown Development Survey. Council expressed concerns about the consultant selected for the downtown development survey and would like to choose a different consultant. Because of the time involved in a new Request for Proposal process, Council decided to wait for further discussion on this item until after the November election. A motion was made to terminate the agreement with the current consultant and table the discussion until December 14 when new Council members are officially on board. Passed 7-0.
  • DORA Furniture. The City Manager indicated the DORA furniture was due to arrive and be installed in mid-June.
  • Hudson Historical Association Preservation Award. The City received an historic preservation award from HHA for the Old School Green Project. Council would like to display a replica of the plaque on a rock at the Old School Green. The original plaque will be displayed in Town Hall. The Trust that donated the land would have to be consulted for permission to install the plaque. A motion was made to allow staff to pursue installing the plaque. The motion passed 7-0.
  • Ward 3 Open Forum June 7. Councilman Skylar Sutton will hold an Open Forum on June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Batting Cage at Barlow Farm Park. Council thanked the Kiwanis for donating a new batting cage to the City. 

Manager’s Report

  • COVID Mandates. Based on State and CDC guidelines, Hudson public facilities will reopen between now and June 2. Until June 2 when the State will rescind all COVID health orders, the City will add signs saying that those who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks. On June 2, the City will follow the State’s elimination of all COVID restrictions. The City is moving all board and commission meeting to in-person by June 2.
  • Downtown Port-a-Potties. Four port-a-potties will be installed downtown by the beginning of June. They will be located by Park Lane and First Street. They will not handle the needs of special events. Event sponsors will still need to add restroom facilities for their events. 
  • High School After Prom Party. The After Prom Party was held at Case Barlow Farm on Saturday. They purchased about 80 canvas chairs for the event. They are donating those chairs to the City to use for community events at City Hall. The City is grateful for the donation. 

Discussion Items

  • Proposed Founders Day Parade. Staff and City Council discussed the concept of holding a parade over Labor Day weekend. After discussions with merchants and the Hudson Community Foundation, the recommendation is to create several events over the weekend. On Saturday would be the Farmers Market. On Sunday, merchants are planning a new event called the Sunday Hudson Mart that would showcase local vendors. The weekend would culminate in a parade on Labor Day to celebrate Hudson. The estimated cost to the city would be $26,500. The goal is for the Community Foundation to do some fundraising to help offset the City’s costs. A motion was made to endorse moving forward with the proposed parade. Passed 7-0.
  • Use of American Recovery Plan (ARP) Funds. City Council discussed how to use the $4.36 million in federal funds available to the City as part of the American Rescue Plan, based on Federal guidelines. Staff presented possible projects that would fall under those guidelines. Council asked staff to come back at a future workshop with the current 5-Year Plan and a revised plan based on Federal dollars for those projects. Council will then discuss what projects would be pursued with this money.

Consent Agenda

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

  • Acknowledgement of the Timely Receipt of the April 2021Monthly Financial Report. 
  • Authorization to enter a contract with Quality Control Inspection, Inc. for construction administration support services for the Ingleside Drive Bridge Replacement Project.
  • Authorization to advertise for bids and enter a contract for landscaping services for the Ingleside Drive Bridge Replacement Project.
  • Authorization to bid and enter a contract for the flashing school zone speed limit signs at the Western Reserve Academy project.
  • Authorization to bid and enter a contract for the railroad crossing quiet zone improvements at the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at Stow Road, Hines Hill Road, and 3074 Ravenna Street.
  • Resolution in support of the Veterans Trail project for converting the existing railway line to a regional hike and bike multi-purpose trail, as part of the Veterans Trail System on the Metro Regional Transit Authority Parcel, which originates from Barlow Road to Seasons Road.
  • Authorization to enter a contract with Virtual Dataworks for the annual subscription renewal for the Citywide use of Microsoft 365.

Legislation

  • Authorization to solicit requests for proposals for the design of a tennis and pickle ball complex at Barlow Farm Park. Third Reading. 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. Third Reading. Passed 7-0.
  • 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. Second Reading.  A public hearing is scheduled before Council on June 1, 2021.  

Future Items

  • A council member will be submitting legislation on term limits for discussion at the next workshop. 

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