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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Council Workshop Highlights from April 13, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (April 15, 2021) – Following is a summary of the Tuesday, April 13 City Council Workshop. To watch the full meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Executive Session

City Council entered executive session to interview applicants for the City's Architectural & Historic Board of Review.

Correspondence, Council Comments, City Manager Comments 

  • Planning Commission Overview
    1. District 7 Overlay. PC discussed and voted 4 to 3 to recommend approval of the text amendment. The amendment will go to Council next.
    2. Golf Practice Range at Hudson Country Club. Passed 7-0.
    3. Repurposing of Evamere Building. Passed 7-0. 
  • Short-Term Rentals. Council has heard concerns resulting from the short-term rental legislation.  A discussion will be placed on the 60-Day Tracker for a future workshop. 
  • Bus Shelters. The City is working with businesses and Metro RTA to add bus shelters and/or bus stops at various locations. The topic will be discussed at a future meeting/workshop.

Discussion Items

  • Tree and Wood Debris Management Practices in the City Parks. Council discussed current tree management practices within the City’s park land. Staff provided information about how this is managed. The concern expressed was that in some areas tree debris is creating an issue, particularly in Cascade Park. Council is encouraging residents to use the Engage Hudson app to report tree debris issues. Through the app, they will be notified about the progress of their concern. Fallen trees put nutrients into the soil and help fertilize the parks. They also create natural habitat for animals.   
  • Capping of Commissions Chargeable by Third-Party Food Delivery Service Businesses During States of Public Health Emergencies. City Council discussed legislation to cap charges by food delivery services to support local restaurants during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Council expressed concerns about whether the government should get involved in what businesses charge for their services. After discussion, Council determined not to move forward with the legislation at this time. Council would like to see more information published about the delivery fees to encourage residents to pick up their takeout orders, rather than use a delivery service.
  • Tax Incentive Review Council.The City Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) periodically reviews existing Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) and Job Creation Grant Agreements for compliance and make recommendations to continue, modify, or terminate the agreements. Staff provided a summary of the meeting discussion. Highlights included:
    1. In general, most businesses have been able to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic well, due largely to their innovation and collaboration.
    2. Businesses would like to see better and more bus stops and bus shelters. A discussion on this will come before Council in June.
    3. Companies such as RAMCO and Little Tikes are working on major expansions in Hudson.
    4. While 13-15 retail establishments have closed or left Hudson, 21 have opened or are in the process of opening. Retailers are remodeling and investing in Hudson, such as Downtown 140.
    5. Businesses are rethinking their office space as more continue a hybrid model of employees working remotely and in office.

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