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Posted on: May 21, 2021

City Manager Update to Council 5/21/2021

City Manager Update to Council

To: City Council and Mayor

From: Jane Howington City Manager

Several items of note to relay this week:

We received word that we did not get the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant for the Veterans Way Park stormwater improvement project. This project is I  our 5year plan and will benefit the downtown from future intense storms.

  1. Memorial Day events will include individual plaques placed along the sidewalk on the Clock Tower Green. These plaques will identify each of the 31 Hudson Veterans that lost their lives, a photo of them and some biographical information on each veteran.  They will be on display from May 24th through June 4th.  The Memorial Day ceremony will include the high school band and speakers from some of the families of those 31 veterans.
  2. There is an upcoming scavenger hunt in the downtown for 25 6” tall mice images from the Clock tower mouse book by Karen Koch. Kids can find the mice in participating businesses, get their scavenger passport stamped and get a prize once completed from Destination Hudson. This will begin in June and should be on the new events calendar on our website soon.
  3. I attended a National League of Cities/OML meeting yesterday regarding the ARP funds. The Treasury Department has a good amount of information and FAQ’s on their website including the full 151 page piece of legislation creating these funds.  Several pieces of new information came out of this meeting. First, the total amount of funds for each city under 50,000 population may vary from the estimate via the congressional communications. The reason for this is the congressional office used existing census data to estimate the amount each community will receive while the Treasury is using more and different data. That would explain why some of the larger cities received less money than had been estimated. The final rules for the non-entitlement communities (under 50,000) will be coming out soon, though “soon” was not defined.  They did indicate our money would be coming through the State so there may be a bit of a lag in our receiving said funds. We have not had any communication from the State on this matter but the Finance Department is standing by with the registration information for dispersal of the funds. The last item that seemed to be new information indicated the funds needed to be obligated by the end of 2024 but can be spent up to the end of 2026.
  4. Next week we will be providing some draft maps of septic and well properties are in Hudson.  We want to have you review drafts so we can fine tune them to give you the information you want/need.  After identifying areas of interest, we can begin estimating costs for improvements.  We also will need to address rates, special assessment processes and mechanisms for determining participation in those areas.

Enjoy the weekend.

Jane

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