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HUDSON, OH (January 6, 2021) – At the January 5, 2021 City Council meeting, Council discussed possible options for the Owen Brown Street Railroad Underpass and options for helping Hudson businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting began early, with Council going into executive session to discuss current vacancies on the City's boards, commissions, and committees. Here are highlights from that meeting.
Council held a public hearing to consider a proposed Zoning Map Amendment that would revise two parcels of land on Hudson Drive from the current District 8 Industrial/Business Park to the proposed Hike Bike (HB) Senior Housing Overlay Zoning District 8. As part of the Zoning change, there is a recommendation for amending the text of the purpose statement of the Hike Bike (HB) Senior Housing Overlay Zoning District 8 in the Land Development Code. The proposed changes were forwarded to City Council from Planning Commission.
The property owner wishes to develop a residential development for senior housing on those parcels, indicating that while zoned industrial, the land is not suitable for industrial use. Several citizens, although indicating they were not completely against the project, expressed concerns about the look and feel of the development next to the current residential properties and the location of the entrance/exit to the proposed development.
Council asked questions about spot zoning and about how the zoning amendment would affect other nearby properties. Council also asked for more information about Planning Commission’s rationale for approving the zoning amendment and for other similar situations in Hudson where the overlay has been stretched this far or done in a patchwork manner. The item will be discussed at a future workshop. Additionally, Council expressed concerns about possible unintended consequences that would arise from this change. It will be discussed further at a future workshop.
One resident expressed a desire for a sidewalk extension in her Atterbury Blvd. neighborhood and her concerns for pedestrian safety at the Owen Brown railroad underpass. Another resident asked for residents to be able to provide input on where the City’s tax dollars are to be spent.
A third resident was concerned about citizens’ freedoms and rights being taken away with the protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic, such as wearing masks and shutting down businesses.
Correspondence and Council Comments
Report of Manager
The City will be putting out communications on the change in online billing for Hudson utility customers. During the switch over, the company used for billing did not adequately notify those individuals who have their payments automatically deduction. A help desk has been established to help residents switch over to the new system. The information will be on the City’s website.
As a brief history, in January 2020, the Hudson replaced its outdated billing system with new software. A new customer portal through Invoice Cloud was introduced in November of 2020, allowing customers the 24/7 convenience of viewing their up-to-date balances, making online payments through the portal, and signing up for paperless billing all in one spot. You can find this new portal at www.hudson.oh.us/PayMyBill.
Any fees are “pass thru” fees to the company providing the service. The City does not receive these fees.
To avoid any fees, you can sign up through Hudson’s Auto Bill Pay at no cost. You can also mail your payment, drop it off in the drop box at City Hall, or make an electronic payment through your personal bank. For more information visit the Utilities section of the Hudson website at www.hudson.oh.us/Utilities.
If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the City of Hudson Utility Billing staff at 330-342-1710.
Council appointed the following individuals to Boards/Commissions.
Consent Agenda Items Approved at the Meeting
No consent agenda items were on the agenda for this meeting.
To view the meeting in its entirety, visit Council Minutes, Agendas, Videos.