Following is a summary of the August 1, 2023, City Council Meeting and Workshop. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings.
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
Approval of Minutes
- The minutes of the 7/18/2023 Council Meeting and Workshop. Approved 5-0.
Correspondence and Council Comments
Click here to view the Council Comments in their entirety.
- Council members thanked the volunteers and staff who worked on the HUDSONmART this weekend. It was a great success.
- Council has asked staff to investigate Safe Haven Baby Boxes. Staff will come back to Council with information at the next meeting.
- The Economic Growth Board is looking at sharing more information about the downtown businesses. There are many good stories about filling vacancies in the downtown. The Board is looking to add members who represent a diverse group of economic interests/businesses.
- Council mentioned some citizen concerns about the Flashing Crosswalks near the schools. It will be discussed in the following workshop.
- Council is having Engineering look at the Atterbury/Milford intersection with a left turn and recommended improvements.
- There is a H.O.M.E committee meeting tomorrow.
Report of Manager
- The Police Chief informed us that he found 5 police cruisers at available at Montrose Ford and they can be delivered tomorrow. We have been looking for vehicles for several years, and this purchase (which is budgeted) will bring the Police fleet back up to where it should be. No appropriation or approval of Council needed for these purchases since they were already under purchase orders and approved by Council.
- Tomorrow is our annual Touch-A-Truck event. August 7 is Pack the Pond and the 11th and 12th is the Hudson-Landsberg Biergarten event. Check the City’s special events calendar for the summer and fall events.
- A discussion about the Atterbury/Milford intersection will be discussed at the meeting on August 15.
- Flashing Crosswalks Discussion: The City hired a traffic safety consultant to investigate 8 intersections and the consultant recommended 6 be installed. Hudson/Aurora is an awkward intersection, and the City is working on realigning the sidewalks for better sight distances. City staff will come back to Council with additional information regarding the safety of Flashing Crosswalks.
No appointments. Current vacancies:
- Economic Growth Board (between 5 and 9 members)
- Board of Tax Review (2)
- Tree Commission (1)
Council passed the following Consent Agenda items. Passed 5-0.
- Motion directing the Clerk to send notice to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control indicating no request for a hearing regarding a new permit to sell alcoholic beverages for Curry Queen LLC, 118 W. Streetsboro Street.
- Resolution to enter into a professional services contract with the Pavement Management Group for the rating of asphalt roads in the City limits.
- Ordinance amending Section 410.00, Schedule XI of the Traffic Code to amend the list of streets designated as parking time limited in designated places and Section 410.10 Schedule X of the Traffic Code to amend the list of streets designated as parking prohibited at all times in designated places. This Ordinance amends the Traffic Code to address a change in parking on both sides of the roadway on E. Barlow Road between Ogilby Drive and Terex Road and along the west side of the roadway on N. Hayden Parkway near two school entrances and the school board building.
- Ordinance amending Chapter 1421, “Erosion and Sediment Control” of the Building Code. First reading.
- Ordinance permitted the installation and enforcement of no-turn-on-red signs at the intersection of Middleton Road and Stow Road per Chapter 414.03(C)4 of the Codified Ordinances. First reading.
Meeting Adjourned (10 minute recess)
Correspondence and Council Comments
- Update on the E. Barlow Road, Terex Road, and Hudson Industrial Parkway Intersection Study. After study of this intersection, the City is recommending two options. 1) A traffic signal is not warranted based on the Ohio Traffic Code, but the City could continue to monitor traffic volume to see if it reaches a level to become warranted. 2) Change the intersection into a round-about at a cost of approximately $2.8 million. The City would apply for AMATS funding (80/20 split; AMATS to pay 80%) to help paid for it if the funding was approved by AMATS. Click here to view the entire discussion.
- Discussion of a battery storage system proposal for the City’s municipal electric system. Council discussed lowering peak usage fees by installing battery systems. Potential for solar array. Council was interested in exploring this but would like to put out a Request for Proposal if they decide to move forward. Click here to view the entire discussion.
Proposed Consent Agenda for August 15
- Receipt of the July 2023 Financial Report.
- Resolution to enter into maintenance agreements with Norfolk Southern Railway for the Stow Road and Hines Hill Road Quiet Zone project. Ready to move forward. Costs have changed.
- Resolution amending Resolution 23-19 to increase the project cost to bid and award the State Route 303 Water Transmission Line Replacement Project.
- Ordinance amending Ordinance 23-76 establishing Section 1040.081 in the Codified Ordinances to require new developments to use City water services, providing Council first right of refusal.
- Resolution amending the effective date of Resolution 23-50 regarding amendment to the contract with Everstream Solutions, LLC to increase bandwidth capacity.
Proposed Legislation Items for August 15
- Ordinance amending Chapter 1421 “Erosion and Sediment Control” of the Building Code. Code is being amended to meet the latest EPA Standards. Second reading.
- Ordinance permitting the installation and enforcement of no-turn-on-red signs at the Intersection of Middleton Road and Stow Road. First reading. The City will gather pedestrian traffic data after school starts. The legislation will go through three readings by September 5 and would be postponed to a date certain so that Council could review the data collected before voting on the item.
Future Agenda Items
- Safe Haven baby boxes discussion on the August 15th meeting.