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Council Workshop Highlights from July 13, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (July 14, 2021) – Following is a summary of the July 13 City Council Workshop. To watch the full meeting, visit

Council Comments

  • Council expressed a concern about the automated phone tree at City Hall. Staff is looking into it.
  • The Environmental Awareness Committee listened to a representative from Waste Management about recycling. Education is the best way to change behavior for proper recycling.

City Manager Comments

  • The Labor Day weekend festivities now include more than just the Parade on Labor Day. There will be additional costs for some of those activities. However, the City is seeking corporate sponsors to help offset those costs. 

Discussion Items

  • Hudson Public Power 2021 Cost of Service and Electric Rate Study. The Public Works Department has contracted with Public Utility Consultants, Courtney and Associates, to develop a cost of service and electric rate study and to make recommendations to City Council regarding future electric rates. It has been about 7 years since the last presentation on rates. Based on their review, the consultants have indicated that:
    1. Revenues at current rates are not sufficient to meet near-term revenue requirements. Therefore, the recommendation is to modify rates to provide sufficient revenue to meet the projected monthly revenue requirements increasing the rate approximately 5% and increasing the power supply loss adjustment from 7% to 9%.

The rates would need to be adjusted by January of 2022 to meet the cost of service needs.

  • Railroad Crossing Warning Signs. Council discussed stopped train warning signals for the Hines Hill Road railroad crossing. City staff came back to Council with additional information on options for these signs. After a discussion about four possible options, Council asked staff to explore Option 3, the hard-wired connection to the railroad gates, as the most reliable and tested method of vehicle detection with the railroad. The implementation time on this option is the longest construction at 8-12 months. The cost is comparable to the other options. With this option, the Ohio Rail Commission would work with Norfolk Southern Railroad (NSR) and pay for the NSR portion of the work. The City’s cost would be approximately $89,000.
  • Update on Stow Road and Middleton Road Intersection Study. The City’s traffic engineering consultant, GPD Group, recently completed an updated study of the Stow Road and Middleton Road intersection. The study concluded that the speeds are high enough to warrant a traffic light at that intersection. Staff will include the design of the traffic lights at the intersection in this year’s budget with a goal of construction next year. 
  • Land Development Code Update – Agricultural Use Regulations. The recommended changes to the agricultural use portion of the code, if approved by Council at next week’s meeting, will be send to Planning Commission for consideration.

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