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Posted on: June 16, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from June 15, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (June 16, 2021) – Following is a summary of the June 15, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings.

Executive Session

  • Council went into executive session to consider applicants for the Park Board and Tree Commission.

Proclamation

  • Special Recognition of Pollinator Week: June 21-27, 2021.

Public Comments

  • Two citizens spoke in favor of legislation for funding for DEI efforts that is before Council. Two citizen letters were read that supported passing the DEI legislation. One suggested that there be mandatory DEI training for City Officials and City staff.
  • Nicole Alverson from the Hudson Chamber of Commerce spoke addressing the request for an additional $20,000 for a digital marketing campaign to support the merchants. The campaign would run through the summer.
  • The developer spoke in favor of the District 7 Overlay Amendment. 
  • A member of the Hudson Cemetery Board gave an update on restoration work for the Old Hudson Burying Ground. She mentioned a bigger, better fall season event this year, including a walking tour and luminaries. 
  • A representative from the League of Women Voters read a statement that the LWV opposes the legislation for term limits for Council/Mayor.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Planning Commission. The changes proposed to the building behind library were approved by PC. 
  • Local Business Hacked. Councilman Foster said that last week his business was hit by a ransomware attack. The FBI indicated that the hackers were state-sanctioned Russian hackers who had been on his business network for about 5 weeks. City staff will be forwarding a memo to Council about the City’s cybersecurity efforts. The City holds personal information such as taxes, utilities, and public safety data and the City is responsible for protecting that information. The City participates in security testing, where top hackers try to hack into our system so we can determine where vulnerabilities might be. We also participate in phishing exercises to train employees to identify suspicious emails and not click on links as well as constant updates to our system. 
  • Bike Racks, Street Lights. Council requested City staff look into adding a bike rack in the Farmers Market area and better street lighting on Boston Mills Road.
  • Abstentions. Hal DeSaussure indicated that since he was unable to attend the interviews for Park Board and Tree Commission applicants, he will abstain from voting on the applicants. Kate Schlademan indicated that because she is a merchant and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, she will abstain from voting on the legislation to fund a digital market campaign for merchants.
  • Sister City. The Mayor said he was sending a City ambassador to Rwanda to talk about establishing a sister city in Rwanda.  

Report of the City Manager

  • The temporary portable bathrooms have been installed downtown. The City is installing signage.

Appointments

  • Park Board:  3 full terms, commencing on 7/6/2021 
    1. Re-appointed Linda O’Neil & Brett Shriver
    2. Newly appointed Walter Selden
  • Tree Commission:  2 full terms, commencing on 7/6/2021 
    1. Re-appointed Harry South
    2. Newly appointed Jacob Graessle 

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council 7-0. The legislation regarding funding a digital marketing campaign for the merchants was pulled and voted on separately.

  • Acknowledgement of the timely receipt of the May 2021 Monthly Financial Report.
  • Authorization to send notice to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control indicating no request for a Hearing regarding a new permit to sell alcoholic beverages for Hudrest LLC, DBA La Terraza Mexican Restaurant, 130 West Streetsboro Street, Hudson.
  • Authorized bidding and to enter a contract to for the replacement of lead service lines to the homes on N. Oviatt Street between E. Streetsboro Road and Aurora Road.
  • Authorization to advertise for bids and enter a contract for the historic headstone preservation project at the Old Hudson Burying Ground. 
  • Authorization to apply to Summit County for a community development block grant for bus shelters within the City of Hudson. The project cost is estimated at $70,000.00, of which 75% is eligible for CDBG reimbursement, and the remaining 25% would be funded by local business donations and the City.
  • Ordinance to establish a new fund to account for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) federal funding the City anticipates receiving.

Pulled Legislation

  • Authorization to provide additional funding ($20,000) for the digital marketing campaign overseen by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Merchants of Hudson, Destination Hudson, and a representative from the City of Hudson. The item was pulled from the consent agenda and voted on separately. Passed 5-1 with one abstention.

Legislation

  • Consideration of proposed Land Development Code Text Amendment to amend the City’s Land Development Code, Section 1205.10, District 7: Outer Village Commercial Corridor and Office Overlay Zone, and Section 1206.01, Table of Permitted and Conditional Uses by Zone District, to permit single family attached dwellings, townhomes, and planned developments as allowed uses within the District 7 Office Overlay. Failed 4-3. Required 6 votes (supermajority).
  • Ordinance to submit to the electors of Hudson a proposal by Hudson City Council to Amend Sections 3/01 and 4/01 of the Charter of Hudson concerning term limits. Second reading.
  • Ordinance amending Chapters 1201, 1202, 1203, 1205, 1206, and Appendix D to implement the 2021 Land Development Code Update. First reading and referral to Planning Commission.
  • Ordinance accepting dedication for the public streets, easements, and public improvements within the Estates at Canterbury on the Lakes subdivision. First reading.
  • Ordinance accepting dedication for the public streets, easements, and public improvements within Nottingham Gate Estates Phase IV and V subdivisions. First reading.
  • Ordinance repealing Section 648.12 of the City’s General Offenses Code regarding construction work at night. First reading.
  • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to provide funding to the Hudson DEI Alliance in support of the development and implementation for facilitating community conversation through a $30,000 contribution from the City. First reading.

Executive Session

Council entered executive session to discuss the purchase of property for public purposes and the sale of property.

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