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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from March 2, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (March 4, 2021) – Following is a summary of Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. To watch the full meeting, visit https://www.hudson.oh.us/814/Council-Agendas-Minutes-Videos

Executive Session

Council went into executive session to discuss an economic development incentive and a personnel matter. 

Proclamation

The Mayor issued a Proclamation recognizing “Sunshine Week” March 14-20, 2021 and acknowledging the importance of public access to government records and information in fostering transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement.

Public Comment

  • One letter opposed the residential plans for the former Hudson City Schools building.
  • Another letter was from a boy who wants a dog park for his new puppy. He supplied a drawing of how the park should look, including signatures of other children who also want a dog park. The drawing will be forwarded to the engineering department for consideration.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Tree Commission: Tree commission wants the opportunity to weigh in on the oak trees in front of middle school. The Home & Garden Tour will go forward this year but will feature outdoor gardens. For Arbor Day, the Tree Commission will plant tree at the new middle school.
  • Environmental Awareness Committee: EAC will focus this year on recycling programs and is looking for grants for their efforts. They also would like to see vehicle charging stations in Hudson. Council will discuss this at a future workshop. The EAC Rain Barrel Workshop is scheduled for April 10. 

Report of the City Manager

  • Police Update:Police Chief Perry Tabak provided an update on the following:
    1. New Dispatch Center: The Center has been revamped from analog to digital equipment. It is next-generation 911 compatible. While this technology is not active in our area yet, the dispatch center can accommodate it when the technology becomes available. HPD continues to build on the partnership with the Bath Township Police Department. The new center will allow Bath to answer Hudson calls and Hudson to answer Bath calls as needed. Calls rollover to Bath and vice versa. HPD is waiting for Fire / EMS radios to be upgraded, which is underway.
    2. Body Cameras: The system, which includes new cruiser cameras and police body cameras, has been installed, although adjustments will continue to be made in 2021. Only one cruiser remains to be outfitted with the new cameras. All officers have been wearing cameras for 60 days as the system was being tested. So far there have been no major issues. 
    3. Car Thefts: Although Hudson had seen an increase in car theft attempts since the beginning of this year, the number of thefts appears to have decreased as more people are heeding HPD’s requests to lock their cars and not leave keys or valuables inside. Over the past three years, Hudson has averaged about 5 car thefts per year. In 2021, there already have been 4 or 5. The increase in these crimes of opportunity is happening all over Northeast Ohio, not just in Hudson. The current thefts are different in that they appear to be a group or rings of individuals who are targeting cities. HPD has more patrols out and continues to encourage residents to lock their cars. Council asked if the car jackings in Stow and Streetsboro were atypical. Chief Tabak explained they are seeing an increase in crime in general in Northeast Ohio and across the country. Police departments also are seeing more guns during traffic stops. It is not unique to our area. View a public service announcement from Chief Tabak about car thefts here: https://vimeo.com/505830465

Discussion Items

  • In-Person Council Meetings: Council will go back to hybrid meetings, which include in-person and remote attendance, for the April 6th Council meeting. Information on how to participate will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Appointments

  • Lydia Bronstein was appointed unanimously to the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals to fulfill a partial term ending on 1/1/23. 

Consent Agenda

City Council passed the following items on the consent agenda:

  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Merchants of Hudson, Destination Hudson, and a representative from the City of Hudson will oversee the creation of a targeted digital marketing campaign that is to be initiated through $20,000 from the City of Hudson. Pulled from the consent agenda and passed 6-0 with 1 abstention.
  • Authorization to enter a contract with Research Analytics Consulting LLC for a Downtown Development Community Survey. Passed on consent.
  • Authorization to bid the Ravenna Street Culvert Repairs. Passed on consent.
  • Authorization to bid the North Oviatt Street Water Line Project. Passed on consent.
  • Authorization to bid the West Barlow Road Sidewalk Project from Nicholson Drive east to State Route 91. Passed on consent.
  • Affirming the City’s application for a $20,000 Ohio Preservation Office Local Government Grant. The funding will cover consultant work required to complete the filing of the Hudson Historic District Extension along Elm Street and Roslyn Avenue. No local match is required. Passed on consent.
  • Authorization for the City Manager to enter into a license agreement with Kep’s Tavern LLC to permit the use of a City-owned dumpster enclosure on City property to properly store their trash, solid waste, and recyclables. Pulled from consent. Passed 6-1.
  • Authorization to solicit requests for proposals for the design of a tennis and pickle ball complex at Barlow Farm Park. Pulled from consent. Postponed to a date certain of April 27. Vote to postpone was 7-0.

Legislation

  • Application to place land in a new agricultural use district for 2242 Ravenna Street. Second reading.
  • Amendment to the Codified Ordinances for the City Manager to enter license agreements for expanded uses of City-owned utility easements. First reading.
  • Authorization to enter a job creation grant agreement with Cleveland Steel Container Corporation. Cleveland Steel Container Corporation is requesting a 50% income tax credit for 9 years. The company will establish a headquarters for its corporate offices in Hudson, bringing 85 jobs with a three-year benchmark of $9.3M in payroll. First reading.

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