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Council Workshop Highlights from June 22, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (June 23, 2021) – Following is a summary of the June 22, 2021 City Council Workshop. To watch the full meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Council Comments

  • Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Workshop. At the workshop Monday night, attendees provided good input and ideas. Better enforcement was mentioned and the City will be working on that. Staff will be putting together a proposal.
  • Internally Illuminated Signs in District 6. Council brought up a concern about this issue that came up at the May 20 BZBA meeting. Internally lit signs are allowed in District 6, but with two criteria, which includes setbacks. In Hudson Crossings, this has become an issue as smaller commercial buildings are being built. While the larger lot properties in that business park have approved internally lit signs, the smaller lots do not qualify. Council asked that this issue be included in the future review of the sign code.
  • Cybersecurity. A councilmember met with staff about the City’s cybersecurity efforts and was impressed with the security the City has in place. The councilmember expressed concerns that insurance is harder to get because of the increases in ransomware attacks and that the City look further into what it would do to recover from an attack.
  • Public Works Facility. The discussion about a possible new public works facility was taken off the agenda for tonight due to issues with collecting financial data. It will be placed on a future agenda.

Discussion Items

  • Railroad Crossing Warning Signs. Council discussed stopped train warning signals for the Hines Hill Road railroad crossing. The Hines Hill crossing sees as many as 80 trains a day. Currently the City has a monitor in Police Dispatch. When dispatchers see a train stopped, they activate the alert sign. Sometimes the lights on the sign do not work and/or the dispatchers are busy answering calls and do not see the train monitor. Staff prepared a memo to outline possible solutions. The possibilities range from building a grade separation which would be costly to radar and other detection means to alert motorists that a train is stopped on the tracks. After discussion, Council asked staff to investigate using a wired radar system that would connect to the crossing gate and trigger when trains are stopped for more than 5 minutes. Staff will report back to Council at the next workshop.

Consent Agenda to Appear on the Next Council Meeting Agenda

  • The Veteran’s Trail legislation will be removed from consent agenda and placed on the legislation agenda for three readings.

Legislation to Appear on the Next Council Meeting Agenda

  • Term Limits. Council and staff are working on slightly changing the legislation to clarify the original intent of allowing two terms plus the remainder of an appointed term. The legislation, if passed by at least 5 members, will bring the issue to the vote of the people in the November general election. Council will vote on the legislation at the July 6 meeting.
  • Construction Start Time Change. The resolution would move the time for starting any construction project from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Council discussed inconsistencies in times between the Land Development Code and the General Offenses Code. Council will review this inconsistency and determine the best way to address it before it goes to a vote of Council. The resolution will be rewritten.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For clarification, the schools’ DEI initiative is separate from the DEI Alliance. The total amount of grants provided at the last meeting were only examples, not requests to fund those efforts. The DEI Alliance is formulating a way to report the data. A clear proposal that will answer all questions and how to measure success will be sent to Council before the next workshop. Council requested more information about specific items they are being asked to fund, rather than approving money without understanding what the money would be used for.

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