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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from April 6, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (April 7, 2021) –Following is a summary of last night’s City Council special workshop and Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Special Workshop Discussion – Downtown Development Survey

Council met with consultant Dr. Walker of Research Analytics Consulting, LLC to discuss questions to be used in the Downtown Phase II Development Survey. Council suggested that questions drill down into more specifics about the community’s vision for the area and their preferences to what be developed. The consultant will come back to Council with revised survey questions based on the discussion.

Council Meeting

Public Comments

  • A letter was read to consider not limiting the downtown development survey to just the downtown.
  • A resident asked that another crosswalk be corrected at State Route 303/Milford Dr./Atterbury Blvd. near the railroad bridge, Bruegger's Bagels, and Chipotle.  This is currently under review by the Ohio Dept. of Transportation Safety Study for this area of SR 303.
  • A citizen expressed disappointment that the Memorial Day Parade is cancelled this year.
  • A resident expressed concerns about the housing development going in on SR 91 across from Drug Mart.
  • A mayor from another community, Grove City, PA, is visiting Hudson and wanted to see how different Council meetings are run.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • District 7 Rezoning. The rezoning will be before Planning Commission at its next meeting.
  • Dog Park. Council members have been receiving a number of comments pro and con about the proposed Dog Park. Concerns include traffic and the potential smell.
  • Ravenna Street Flooding.  Council has received complaints about flooding on Ravenna Street that has been determined to be a private property issue. A council member questioned the designation as a private property issue if it is part of the City’s stormwater plan and asked for further discussion.
  • Plogging Event. The Environmental Awareness Committee announce that Go Green Go is holding its annual plogging (clean up) event on April 19.
  • Hines Hill Railroad Warning. The City will respond to questions about the status of the warning signs of stopped trains on Hines Hill, particularly the status of the sign at Valley View.  The status on the radar camera will also be provided to Council.
  • Trash and Recycling Survey.  The City will provide an update on the status of the trash/recycling survey.

City Manager’s Report

  • City Hall and City-Owned Community Spaces.  Hudson City Hall will reopen to the public on April 19. City-owned community spaces will reopen to the public in June.
  • Memorial Day Parade and other Activities. While the Memorial Day Parade was canceled, the City plans to hold a Labor Day Weekend event that would include a parade. The event will be a Founder’s Day event celebrating the founding and the history of Hudson. 
  • Open Burn Regulations. The recent brush fire on Barlow Road was not related to the previous brush fire. The previous fire was caused by individuals illegally setting of fireworks. The recent fire was due to individuals who were illegally burning yard debris in a fire pit. The City does not allow open burns in the City. Staff will be putting out a public service announcement to remind people of this regulation. 
  • Dog Park: The Park Board will hold open discussions about the Dog Park in April.
  • American Rescue Plan. The City will provide Council with a summary of the funding that the City will receive and any restrictions that would be place on how it is used.
  • Fish and Wildlife Fund for the Veterans Way Project. The City is applying for funding for a Veterans Way Storm Water project that will help improve the stormwater management system on Veterans Way near the Railroad Underpass. The Colony Park area was built prior to when requirements for stormwater management was in place, and the area by the railroad underpass near Yours Truly gets inundated with water during heavy rains.   This will also improve fish and wildlife and restore an existing wetland.

Appointments

There is an opening on the Architectural and Historic Board of Review. Individuals can submit applications until 4:30 p.m. April 9.

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council. The Consent Agenda was passed 7-0.

  • Authorization to enter a contract with The Thrasher Group for the Owen Brown Street Sidewalk Improvement Project.
  • Affirming acceptance of an Ohio History Connection grant to restore the Old Burying Ground cemetery. 
  • Acceptance of a Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund Grant for Hudson Public Power.

Legislation

  • Authorization to enter into license agreements with property owners for the construction of driveways and patios within a City-owned utility easement. Passed 6-1. 
  • Resolution to enter a job creation grant agreement with Cleveland Steel Container Corporation. Motion to amend to add emergency language.  Passed 6-1. Motion to pass as amended. Passed 7-0.
  • Resolution to adopt in concept the Parks Master Plan. First reading.

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