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Council Meeting Summary for January 19, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (January 21, 2021) – Following is a summary of the January 19 City Council meeting. To watch the full meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Executive Session

Council went into executive session to consider applicants for the Cemetery Board.

Public Comments

  • A member of the Hudson Community Television Advisory Committee thanked Council for the opportunity to serve on the committee that helps provide community-based programming to Hudson residents.
  • Concerns were expressed about the intersection at Roslyn and SR 303 which children use to cross to go to the schools. The resident asked Council to consider a lighted crossing at this intersection.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Recognition of Boards and Commissions. Council recognized board and commission members for their service. Those recognized included: Keith Smith, Park Board; Nicole Davis, Architectural & Historic Board of Review; David Drummond, Architectural & Historic Board of Review; Susan Kowalske, Tree Commission; Frederick Jahn, Board of Zoning and Building Appeals; Tom Harvie, Planning Commission; James Vitale, Planning Commission; Ivana Matyas, Environmental Awareness Committee; Jeff Wells, Environmental Awareness Committee; Jeff Russell, Hudson Community Television Advisory Committee.
  • HCTV interested in helping merchants through marketing. The Hudson Community Television Advisory Committee has expressed interest in working with merchants on marketing HCTV channels to help drive people to the stores.
  • Pedestrian safety.  Concerns were expressed about safety at the crosswalks at SR 303 and SR 91, SR 303 and N. Main, and SR 303 and Oviatt.
  • Recreation Center Concept. Council expressed interest in discussing a suggestion by a Council member that LifeCenter Plus be considered for use as a City recreation center. The suggestion will be discussed at a future workshop. The idea included three possible options:
    • OPTION 1: City enters into an agreement with LifeCenter which effectively makes it our Rec center, property tax levy pays for subsidized (reduced) membership and some capital improvements. Jerry Lynch continues to own and operate facility. Funded via property tax levy.
    • OPTION 2: City purchases the facility and Jerry Lynch continues to operate it. Would need to discuss capital improvements. Estimated cost of facility (purchase only): $5 million.
    • OPTION 3: City purchases the facility, operates the business, and reduces cost of membership. Estimated cost of facility at $5 million + operation costs and membership subsidy.
    • If an option were selected, it was suggested that it go on the November 2021 ballot for voters to decide.

City Manager’s Report

  • The manager announced a Snowman Event that will be held from January 24 through February 28. Approximately 50 snowmen are being decorated by various businesses and will be on display during this time. People are encouraged to come downtown, shop, dine and support our local merchants. 
  • An Akron Beacon Journal article announced the coming of The Farmer’s Rail to Hudson in the previous location of Suburban Sit.  It is scheduled to open in April. It will be a huge attraction for bringing people downtown. 
  • Regarding the agenda item for replacing the excavator destroyed while transporting it for maintenance, the City’s insurance company will cover the gap costs for purchasing the new equipment. 
  • Year-End Financial Report:
    • General Fund budgeted ending balance was $9.6 million; actual ending balance was $15.5 million or $5.9 million more than estimated. 
    • Income tax revenue was $2.7 million (10.7%) above estimate due in large part to economic development efforts to attract new businesses.
    • Income tax revenue has increased $6.9 million (32.3%) since 2017 (3 year average of 10.8%.
    • This improved General Fund financial position allows the City to move forward with major capital improvements (roads, storm water and sidewalks/trail system) while still maintaining our targeted 40% carryover balance. 
    • Ellsworth Meadows experienced the largest number of rounds played in its history (46,932). By comparison, they averaged around 37,000 per year for the previous five years. As a result, the course brought in $415,000 in revenue more than budgeted.
    • Velocity Broadband is in good financial shape. The appearance of not meeting the projected numbers in December was a result of delays in receiving payments due to issues with the U.S. Post Office.  The payments were received in January and will be reflected in January’s numbers.

Appointments

Council re-appointed Sarah Norman and Christine Winters to the Cemetery Board.

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council.

  • Acknowledgement of the timely receipt of the December 2020 Monthly Financial Report
  • Authorization for the City Manager to advertise for bids for the budgeted 2021 storm water sewer lining improvements project.
  • Authorization to revise Hudson’s Codified Ordinances to incorporate ordinances and resolutions passed by Council since the date of the last update.
  • Authorization to replace a Gradall wheel excavator that was damaged in a traffic accident while being transported by a contractor for repairs.

Legislation

  • Moratorium on Short-Term Rentals. An Ordinance establishing a 180-day temporary moratorium prohibiting the operation of short term residential rentals. The item was postponed to the February 2 Council Meeting.
  • Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations. A permit program has been drafted for the regulation of short-term rentals within the City of Hudson. Due to recent amendments in the language that was directed by Council, Council voted to postpone until February 2. It will be discussed at next week’s workshop.
  • Zoning Map Amendment and Land Development Code Text Amendment. The vote on legislation considering changing the zoning and a text amendment for two properties seeking to build a residential development in an industrial zoned district failed unanimously. 
  • DORA Legislation. The legislation to continue the downtown Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area and extend the hours of operation passed unanimously.
  • Legislation for Velocity Broadband to replace an existing Cogent and Windstream internet circuit that is set to end in late 2021 had its first reading.


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