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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from April 20, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (April 21, 2021) – Following is a summary of the April 20, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Executive Session

To interview applicants for the City's Architectural & Historic Board of Review.

Public Comments

  • A letter was read to express the League of Women Voters of Hudson’s concern about any change to the City’s campaign finance ordinance.
  • Noise, maintenance, and sanitation concerns about the dog park proposed at Colony Park were expressed by a citizen.  
  • A resident’s letter voiced concerns about the proposed District 7 overlay and asked that if it moves forward, the City consider adding sidewalks and street lighting in the surrounding neighborhoods. 
  • A resident suggested the former Youth Development Center property owned by the City be turned into a nature preserve or active use park.
  • A letter suggested that the only portion of the 1927 school building worth saving is the auditorium. The resident stated that they should not use City funds to purchase the building and should not expect Hudson taxpayers to fund the remediation or maintenance of it.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Town Hall and City Hall Open. Both buildings are open to the public. Council and the City Manager encouraged citizens to speak at meetings in person at Town Hall. Sign up is still required, as seating is limited.
  • Dog Park. Council members were pleased with the discussion and the number of people who attended Monday’s Park Board meeting about the Dog Park. The Park Board tabled the discussion to its next meeting to reflect on the community comments about the proposed dog park.
  • Ward 3 Open Forum. An Open Forum will be held on June 7.
  • Railroad Trail. A suggestion was made that Council pass a resolution supporting the rails to trails proposed project along the inactive trail. This action will be discussed at a future workshop.
  • Speeding. Citizens have expressed concerns about speeding on Stoney Hill Drive and Ogilby Drive. Staff will investigate. 

City Manager’s Report

  • Earth Day e-Waste Recycling Event. A pilot event will be held on Saturday. The City hopes to hold an e-Waste recycling event annually for Earth Day if this event is successful.
  • Public Restrooms Downtown. With COVID regulations for sanitation and cleaning of bathrooms, local establishments will not be able to handle the number of individuals who want to use their bathrooms during downtown events. The City is considering bringing in portable bathroom facilities for the summer as a trial to see how that goes. The cost will be about $21,000 to $23,000 for the season. It will be discussed at a future Council Workshop.

Appointments

Board of Tax Review:

  • The following current members were re-appointed, both to serve full terms (5/23/21 – 5/22/2023):
    1. Emily Anglewicz 
    2. Richard Warfield
  • Architectural & Historic Board of Review:
    1. Jeff Anzevino to serve both a partial term expiring 6/20/2021 and a full term expiring 6/20/2025
    2. Bill Ray to serve a full term commencing 6/21/2021 and expiring 6/20/2025
    3. John Funyak to serve a partial term expiring 6/20/2024

Consent Agenda

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

  • Acknowledgement of the timely receipt of the March 2021 Monthly Financial Report.
  • Amendment of the 2021 budget for additional and/or amended appropriations.
  • Acceptance of the recommendations of the Tax Incentive Review Council that reviews and makes recommendations to continue, modify, or terminate incentive agreements. (Pulled and passed separately 7-0)
  • Authorization to bid and contract for the 2021 Sidewalk Improvements Project.
  • Authorization to contract with Transystems Corporation for the Middleton and Stow Road Sidewalk Improvement Project.
  • Authorization to contract with AECOM Technical Services for the Stow Road and SR 303 Sidewalk Improvement Project. (Pulled and passed separately 7-0.) Council discussed using funds remaining from projects that came in under bid to extend the sidewalk to Streetsboro. This would be a separate project.
  • Affirmation of a grant application submitted to ReWorks for a community recycling assistance grant.
  • Affirmation of a grant application submitted to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for an EMS Priority One Training and Equipment Grant.
  • Authorization to bid and contract for Animal Removal Services for animals in the public right of way.
  • Approval of Then and Now Certificates.

Legislation

  • Resolution to adopt, in concept, the Parks Master Plan. Second reading.
  • Ordinance amending Chapters 1202, 1204, 1205, and 1207 of the Land Development Code to implement amendments to the City Charter that were adopted in 2020. First reading.
  • Ordinance amending the Codified Ordinances sections 220.03, 220.08, 222.03, 276.01, 24.01, 284.02, 286.02, and 288.02 reflecting the Charter amendments passed by voters in 2020. First Reading.

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