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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Council Meeting Highlights for September 5, 2023

Council Meeting Highlights feature the week's updates and news from City Council.

Following is a summary of the September 5, 2023, City Council Meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings. 

Executive Session

  • Council entered into executive session to interview applicants for the Tree Commission.

Approval of Minutes

  • The minutes of the 6/15/23 Meeting & Workshop Council Meeting. Approved 5-0.

Proclamations

  • Special Recognition of the Vincent William Baran Day of Service. This Proclamation recognizing the family’s on-going community service in the memory of Vincent William Baran. Ben and Lindsay Baran accepted the Proclamation.
  • Special Recognition of Hudson Velocity Broadband. This Proclamation recognizes Velocity Broadband as the City celebrates its 500th customer and 8 years of all-fiber internet quality service to the business community. 

Public Comments

Following are individuals who spoke during the Public Comments Section.  Click here to view the public comments in their entirety. 

  • Four residents spoke out against the temporary permit for construction staging for the Ohio Turnpike Construction.
  • A resident thanked Council and the Mayor for their work. He asked Council to support the Greenhouse Gas Inventory project to protect the environment.
  • One resident spoke in favor of the no-turn-on-red signs at Middleton and Stow. 
  • One resident spoke out against the no-turn-on-red-signs at Middleton and Stow.

Correspondence and Council Comments

Click on this link to view the Council Comments in their entirety. www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings.

  • Council members mentioned that Kimble has been ignoring trash pickup in the quadrants and that this issue must be addressed. 
  • Council thanked the Baran family for their leadership and service to the community.
  • A council member mentioned that moon trees are now available, which are seedlings that went to the moon. Tree Commission should consider this and the opportunity for the City to partner with NASA on education efforts.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Subcommittee did not agree to bring forward a recommendation to pursue a greenhouse gas survey through Council. The Environmental Awareness Committee is looking for possible grant funding to pursue this in the future.
  • Council President Foster is holding an Open Forum at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Wednesday evening.
  • The Go Rail organization has an interesting app available through which our emergency services will have the ability to find out what is in a rail car if there is a derailment.
  • Council welcomed Gotham Gym and Ray Recovery that opened locations in the City.
  • Hudson's Velocity Broadband connected its 500th customer this week. 

Report of Manager

  • Update on August 25th Storm Event. We received winds in excess of 70 mph. Fire received 19 calls, and HPP had 524 customers without power. We will be completing our brush pickup this week.
  • The City Manager encouraged everyone to sign up for our Code Red alerts, by visiting the City's website at www.hudson.oh.us.
  • We will be discussing a mutual aid agreement with First Energy in the coming weeks.
  • The kids are back in school so be careful driving, particularly around school zones.
  • The City has installed new TVs in Town Hall that will make it easier for Council to see and easier to use for presentations.

Discussion Items

  • Ohio Turnpike Construction Yard. Council discussed the Ohio Turnpike construction yard at Stow Road and applicable temporary use regulations. No ability for City Council to revoke or repeal this permit.  After discussion, it was determined that the temporary permit has been issued for 1 year and there is no method other than going through the court system to revoke the permit. The City will work with the contractor and set a high bar for them to meet based on resident concerns, particularly about noise. View full discussion
  • City’s Compliance with the ADA including website compliance, adopting an ADA complaint procedure, and options for an ADA self-assessment. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended requires that all state and local government services be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The City is not currently in compliance with ADA. The City must meet certain requirements including designating an ADA Coordinator, adopting and posting a policy to address ADA issues, and performing a self-assessment. The City will move forward on the appointment of an ADA Coordinator and the adoption of a policy, and any additional needs and costs for the website and other compliance issues will be discussed during the budget discussions. View full discussion.
  • Request for Transfer of a Permit to Sell Alcoholic Beverages from E&M Partners, LLC (DBA Peachtree Southern Kitchen) to LG Square, Inc. (DBA Revival), 200 North Main Street, Hudson. Staff sought Council direction regarding preferred action date. If desired, a filing extension can be requested. Council discussed the need for this to go to workshop first per the City’s Ordinances.  Council will make a motion to approve, eliminating this step. View full discussion.
  • Ordinance permitting 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. A study by HPD showed very few pedestrians during peak hours. The intersection appears to be working safely and effectively. The consultant did not recommend the signs to be installed at this time. Council considered leaving the intersection as it is, and they can come back and re-evaluate it in the future if needed. View full discussion.

Appointments

  • Council appointed Scott Welsh to a full term on Tree Commission.

Consent Agenda

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 the transfer of a permit to sell alcoholic beverages from E&M Partners, LLC (DBA Peachtree Southern Kitchen) to LG Square, Inc. (DBA Revival), 200 North Main Street, Hudson. 
  • Resolution to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the Willow Lake Drainage improvement Project.
  • Resolution to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the W. Streetsboro Street Sidewalk Installation Project.
  • Resolution to dispose of the old transformer for the Eastside Substation Transformer Replacement Project.
  • Ordinance to enter into a contract for the purchase of one vehicle for the Fire Department.
  • Resolution accepting the amounts and rates from the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Fiscal Officer.

Legislation

  • Ordinance amending Chapter 1421, “Erosion and Sediment Control,” of the Building Code. Third reading. Passed 5-0.
  • Ordinance permitting 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. Third reading. Failed 4-1.
  • Ordinance amending Title Four-Utilities, Chapter 1040 “Water Wells Prohibited Where Municipal Water Service Available: Exceptions.” First reading.

Executive Session

Council entered into Executive Session to consider collective bargaining negotiations and the purchase of property for public purposes.

Meeting Adjourned



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