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Posted on: September 9, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from September 7, 2021

Council Highlights

Following is a summary of the September 7 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Proclamations

  • Special Recognition of Constitution Week 2021
  • Special Recognition of State of Mind: Hudson Week

Public Comments  

  • A member of the Environmental Awareness Committee spoke about the benefits of changing to a single trash hauler and surveying residents. The Preferred Hauler contract is up in 2022.
  • A resident spoke asking the City to continue its efforts on making the rails to trails program a reality through Hudson.  At present, the County is only considering a trail that does not continue into Hudson.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Council members thanked everyone involved in making Celebrate Hudson weekend a great success. 
  • Tree Commission Update. The Garden Club held a successful garden tour this year and will be donating $5,000 to the City to fund plantings. They are updating the recommended tree list to call out native species.
  • Council would like an update from staff on the railroad quiet zone project. 
  • Council discussed holding a workshop on the preferred hauler contract vs. a single hauler. 
  • Green on the Green was postponed until next spring. 

Report of the City Manager

  • The Celebrate Hudson weekend was the first time the City has put on an event rather than simply license it for another organization. It required a great deal of work in a very short timeframe. Staff rose to the occasion and the event was a success. The City Manager thanked all staff, volunteers, and corporate sponsors who helped make the weekend wonderful end of summer for the community.  
  • The City budget process is beginning in September with Council discussion about the 5-Year Plan.  

Discussion Items

  • Rails to Trails (Veterans Trail). Staff provided an update on the Akron Secondary Trail Project (Akron to Hudson). On August 31, the City received a letter from the County Executive that only phase 1 of the rails to trails plan was moving forward. That would not include the portion that extends to Barlow Road in Hudson. The City was not invited to any of their meetings to discuss this. Council feels strongly that the trail should extend through Stow and Hudson. While the letter stated that the County had not been provided information about funding and maintenance from Hudson for that second portion of the trail, the City was never asked for that information. The City will respond with a letter to the entities involved expressing the City’s desire to have the trail extend through Hudson. The City would like to see the application for funding to include the stretch from Barlow Road to Akron. Council is also concerned that a Council member’s public records request has been unanswered by the County and Metro RTA.
  • Peninsula Water Line. City Staff updated City Council on the recent request by the Village of Peninsula and Summit County to extend Hudson’s water service to part of the Village of Peninsula. Summit Co. approached Hudson to help Peninsula with water as the County works to improve the sanitary sewer system that will be under an EPA order if not corrected in the near future. The County would cover the cost, adhere to Hudson’s design standards, and we would maintain. The County will assess the residents of Peninsula for the cost of running the lines. It would be of no cost to Hudson, and any maintenance would be covered by the user fees collected from the Peninsula customers. Council asked staff to come back with how adding customers would affect the aquifer, what downside or risk would be involved for the City, and a model assessment of the number of customers, etc., and how it would impact our service.

Consent Agenda

The first two items passed on consent 7-0. The third item was pulled, discussed, and passed 7-0.

  • Motion Directing the Clerk to Send Notice to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control Indicating No Request for a Hearing Regarding a Permit to Sell Alcoholic Beverages for Otani.
  • Resolution to approve Then and Now Certificates.
  • Motion to accept a local government grant in the amount of $20,000 from the State of Ohio for consulting services for the Historic District Expansion National Register Nomination. The City’s match is $0.     

Legislation

  • Resolution to enter into a Community Reinvestment Area Agreement with Project Crunch. First Reading.
  • Resolution authorizing an amendment to the City Manager’s employment agreement. First reading.

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