Following is a summary of the March 8, 2022 City Council Workshop. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings.
Council entered executive session to consider applicants for boards and commissions.
Correspondence and Council Comments
- The Environmental Awareness Committee is working on an Earth Week event which will include a movie, vendors, live music and more.
- A Council member took a tour of the Hudson Police Department and was impressed with the highly trained, professional Hudson police force.
Council discussed that they are interested in a sister city relationship with Rwanda but need more information from staff about how the Landsberg sister city relationship was created. They felt all travel expenses, etc. should be run through an outside organization similar to Landsberg. Staff will come back to Council with information at a future workshop meeting.
Council discussed the proposed Ward Map currently in legislation (Option A) as well as a second option that was presented by a citizen (Option B). The second option meets all the criteria necessary. Staff will come back to Council with a revised version (adjusting Options A and B) based on discussion comments. They will try to use primary roads as boundaries as much as possible and move census blocks around from one ward to another. It will be reviewed per common land use. Another public hearing will be scheduled if Council decides on map changes. Council would like more citizen input.
Campaign Finance Limits
This legislation was introduced based on the work of three Council members. The issues with the current language are that it is confusing and the enforcement and penalties are not clear. Council discussed what the changes would impact and not impact.
Expansion of the Historic District
Council is supportive of the legislation to add Elm Street and Roslyn Avenue to the Historic District. Council indicated that citizens have commented they would like the Middle School added to the Historic District. It is the City's understanding that the schools are not interested in becoming a part of the Historic District at this time, but would like to leave the option open for a future developer. Staff will provide Council with a memo confirming the schools did not want that building in the District and what is the process if the school was to be added in the future. Council emphasized they are not interested in adding the school building to this current legislation.