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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from November 16, 2021

Council Highlights

Following is a summary of the November 16, 2021 City Council Meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Honorary Resolution

  • Resolution thanking Barbara VanBlarcum for her service to the community.

Special Recognition

  • Special thanks to William D. Wooldredge for his service to the community (12 years).
  • Special thanks to J. Daniel Williams for his service to the community (13.5 years),
  • Special thanks to Hamilton DeSaussure Jr. for his service to the community (17.5 years).

Public Comments

  • A delegation from the country of Rwanda attended the meeting and spoke about their country. Rwanda and Hudson would like to establish a sister city relationship to share cultures and economic opportunities. The University of Rwanda recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kent State University to partner on some endeavors.
  • A citizen spoke about her concerns that based on the reactions to downtown development plans that Hudson now has a reputation of being a City that is difficult to work with for developers. She is in favor of working collaboratively with Fairmount Properties based on their past performance with First & Main. 
  • A citizen provided an update on the recall drive for the Mayor of Hudson. She indicated the drive was paused primarily due to the re-election of current school board members. She stated that there is no time limit on petitions, it could be restarted at any time.  

Council Comments

  • Council members and staff spoke with Hudson Montessori Middle School students today about government.
  • Council members thanked the members of the Rwanda delegation for coming here. 
  • A council member expressed a concern about the way the vote on the Phase 2 project happened and encourages all Council members to work together in the future.

City Manager’s Report

  • The City Manager shared her appreciation for Council efforts to move the Five-Year Plan and other important operational items forward. She also thanked all those honored tonight for their service to the community. 

Appointments

  • City Council has extended the deadline for applications for the following: Applications for the Cemetery Board will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 26. Applications for the Environmental Awareness Committee will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 10.

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council. Passed 6-0.

  • Motion to approve the proposed 2022 City Council Meeting Schedule. 
  • Motion to acknowledge timely receipt of the October 2021 Monthly Financial Report.
  • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter a two-year contract for construction management and inspection services with Quality Control Inspection, Inc.
  • Resolution authorizing the City manager to advertise for bids for the Adaptive Traffic Signal System, Phase 1. The Adaptive Traffic Signal System Project will replace the existing traffic control system within the downtown areas of Hudson to make the intersections safer and reduce traffic congestion.
  • Ordinance amending the City’s Pay Range Structure and Pay Range Assignments Schedule adopted by Ordinance No. 20-127.
  • Ordinance amending Chapter 254 of the Codified Ordinances entitled “Employee Handbook and Personnel Rules.” 
  • Resolution authorizing advances of local taxes according to the Ohio Revised Code that entitles the City to receive tax advances from Summit County for 2022.
  • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter contracts to acquire temporary easements for the SR 91 South Widening Project for right-of-way purposes.
  • Resolution declaring the City’s intent to appropriate property for various owners for the making of roads open to the public without charge. Acquisition of these parcels is necessary for the improvement of SR 91 South from Stoney Hill Drive to Barlow Road in association with the SR 91 South widening.
  • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with SummaCare for Health Benefits Plan Services.

Legislation

  • Resolution accepting the City Manager’s recommendation not to implement the growth management residential development allocation during 2022. Third Reading. Passed 6-0.
  • Resolution adopting the City’s Five-Year Plan 2022-2026. Third Reading. Passed 6-0.
  • Ordinance for appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures during the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022. Third Reading. Passed 6-0.
  • Ordinance amending Chapter 1205, 1206 and 1213 to incorporate regulations to conditionally permit fireworks storage and fireworks retail facilities. First Reading.
  • Ordinance accepting dedication of public streets, easements, and public improvements in the Reserve at River Oaks Phases III and IV. First Reading.

Executive Session

Council entered executive session to consider the purchase of property for public purposes and the sale of City property at competitive bidding.

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