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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Council Workshop Highlights from March 23, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (March 25, 2021) - Following is a summary of the Tuesday, March 23 City Council Workshop. To watch the full meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Correspondence. Council Comments, City Manager Comments 

  • Dog Park. Council received comments on the proposed dog park and forwarded those comments to the Park Board as they are continuing to work on this project. Council expressed concerns that the City did not discuss the location of the dog park with anyone who lives nearby. Residents will be notified. 
  • District 7 Zoning Proposal. The proposal is working its way through Planning Commission. Comments on the proposal should be sent to Planning Commission. 
  • Memorial Day Parade. The parade has been an institution for many years. It was cancelled this year because of the difficulty in staffing due to limited time to prepare. The City needs at least 60 days to schedule due to union contracts, etc. Also, the American Legion needed more time for the lengthy preparations for the event. The American Legion will hold the flag raising and traditional memorial service for fallen veterans on Memorial Day. The City is planning now for its Independence Day Fireworks in July and is working on opening more events as the year progresses. Later in the season, the City is hoping to hold a larger festival, perhaps a parade, for Labor Day Weekend.
  • Short-Term Rental Signs. Signs are now up to serve as public notice that a property will be a short-term rental.
  • In-Person Meetings. A hybrid of in-person and remote Council meetings will be held starting April 6.
  • American Rescue Plan.  It looks like the City will get $4 million. The City is waiting to find out what regulations are in place for use of this money. The City believes use of this money will be tied to COVID issues and is monitoring the issue. As soon as staff receives information, it will be presented to Council.

Discussion Items

  • Parks Master Plan. This will have a first reading on April 6. Council had concerns about the Park Board stating in the Master Plan that it should have a seat on the Comprehensive Plan. Council feels that should be decided at the time of the creation of the Comprehensive Plan Committee. An amendment will be made to strike that sentence from the Parks Master Plan when it comes to Council for a first reading.
  • Recreation Center. The 2015 Comprehensive Plan mentions looking at the feasibility of a recreation center. The last recreation center feasibility study was done in 2002. Council discussed whether to do a survey to find out what people would want in a recreation center. It was mentioned that the cost of building a recreation center could increase property taxes. Council agrees it should be a topic of discussion and that the community should be surveyed. Staff will put together a matrix of what is currently available in the City. Council advised getting through the Downtown Development survey first and then having the recreation center discussion.
  • Campaign Finance. The Mayor made a presentation about campaign financing and Hudson’s Campaign Finance Reform section of the Codified Ordinances. The Mayor questioned the limit of $100 for potential candidates because he believes it is too low and questions whether the ordinance is constitutionally legal. He asked Council if the law should be revoked or the campaign donation amount should be raised to $1,500 for At-Large and $500 for Ward Council candidates. The law has been on the books since 2008. If a Council member wants to put a motion on the table to change the Ordinance, it will be discussed at that time. 

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