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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from July 6, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (June 7, 2021) – Following is a summary of the July 6, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Public Comments

  • A representative from the League of Women Voters read a statement that the LWV opposes the legislation for term limits for Council/Mayor.
  • Three citizens spoke in opposition of the legislation for term limits for Council/Mayor.
  • A citizen spoke about the need to make sure that the issues going on in the world do not divide the community and our children.
  • Eight citizens spoke in favor of legislation for funding for DEI efforts that is before Council. One citizen letter was read that supported passing the DEI legislation.
  • One citizen spoke in opposition of the legislation for funding for DEI efforts. 

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • COVID-19. A council member reminded citizens that even if you have the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still possible to come down with COVID-19, so it’s important to stay diligent.
  • Successful Fireworks Event. Three council members thanked City staff for their hard work before, during, and after the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration and for keeping everyone safe.
  • Tree Commission.A citizen was concerned that cottonwood trees are a nuisance species. The Tree Commission indicated that it is a native species, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources does not classify it as invasive. There are currently no scientific studies linking the fluffy seed pods to allergic reactions. The tree in question was visited by the arborist and it was found to be healthy, so they are recommending no action at this time. 
    • Some elm trees along Main Street that were not faring well have been replaced with honey locust which are expected to do better. 
    • Tree Commission will be participating in Green on the Green in September as part of its community outreach efforts.
  • SR 303 at SR 8. A council member expressed concern about the traffic lane shifts on SR 303 at SR 8 being very confusing for motorists and asked staff to investigate a way to remedy this. This section of roadway is located within the Village of Boston Heights.
  • EAC Meeting Moved Due to Holiday. The EAC meeting has been moved to Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
  • Short-Term Rental Regulations. A Council member reported that the City received a short-term rental application for 34 Aurora Street and requested that the short-term rental regulations be revisited so any issues that have come up since the regulations were first implemented can be addressed.
  • Proposed DEI Funding. A Council member said that a proposal for what the DEI funding legislation could specifically go towards will be attached to the July 13, 2021 City Council Workshop agenda and will be discussed at that time.

Report of the City Manager

  • Thanked City staff for their hard work before, during, and after the 2021 Independence Day Fireworks Celebration.
  • Reminded citizens that all upcoming special events in Hudson can be found on the new special events calendar at www.hudson.oh.us/Events
  • A Celebrate Hudson event over Labor Day weekend is being planned with plenty of events for the whole family, including a parade, music, a community art show, and more. Details, including parade participant, artist, and music registrations, are available at www.hudson.oh.us/CelebrateHudson. Check back often for updates.
  • Reminder that the State Legislature is no longer allowing virtual public meetings. All Hudson Boards, Commissions, and Council meetings must now be held in person. Public comment is also required to be given in person, or via letter sent to a Hudson council member to be read into the record.

Appointments

  • No appointments this evening.
  • A council member thanked David Faiman for his work on the Tree Commission from July 2017 to June 2021; and Sean McGurr for his work on the Park Board from March 2018 to June 2021.

Consent Agenda

  • Authorization to advertise for competitive bids and to enter into a contract for the Herrick Circle Pond Improvement Project. This item was pulled and passed separately 6-0, with one abstention.
  • Authorization to enter into a utility easement agreement with the property owners of 333 Simon Road and to take the steps necessary to approve a revised consolidation plat including the vacation of an easement that runs through an existing house. This item was passed by Council 7-0.

Legislation

  • 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. Failed 4-3. Required 5 votes to pass.
  • Ordinance accepting dedication for the public streets, easements, and public improvements within the Estates at Canterbury on the Lakes subdivision. Second reading.
  • Ordinance accepting dedication for the public streets, easements, and public improvements within Nottingham Gate Estates Phase IV and V subdivisions. Second reading.
  • Ordinance repealing Section 648.12 of the City’s General Offenses Code regarding construction work at night. Second 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. Second reading.
  • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to authorize the increase of $73,150 to redesign Phase 3 of the Veterans Trail Improvement Project including environmental permitting and coordination, trail design, and drainage design work above the original design contract with Michael Baker International from 2018 of $279,000.00. First Reading.

Executive Session

Council entered executive session to discuss the purchase of property for public purposes and to consider confidential information related to the specific business strategy of an applicant for economic development assistance.

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