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Posted on: July 22, 2021

Council Meeting Highlights from July 20, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (July 22, 2021) – Following is a summary of the July 20, 2021 City Council meeting. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings.

Public Comments

  • A robust discussion occurred with citizens both for and against the DEI legislation before Council.
  • A resident asked Council to consider changes to the code that would regulate where and when cottonwood trees can be planted. The resident felt the trees are a nuisance and an invasive weed.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Council thanked citizens for the discussion and comments about the DEI legislation.
  • A council member would like the City to speak with Akron Water about the construction zone on Hudson-Aurora Road. The metal plates on rainy days are dangerous, and traffic is moving into the oncoming lanes to avoid the construction.
  • The Hudson Park Board is looking at invasive species in the parks and will be doing an invasive species management study. 
  • Council has received several noise complaints in the Turnpike and SR 8 area. Constituents want a noise wall installed. Staff reached out to the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Turnpike Commissions about requesting noise walls. ODOT said it is not doing noise studies or installing walls along SR 8 at this time. The Turnpike Commission said it is not installing walls anywhere in the State of Ohio at this time. Local communities would have to fund the work.

Report of the City Manager

  • The City Manager wanted Council to know that similar to what is happening nationwide, the City is experiencing delays in receiving materials and supplies. The police vehicles the City ordered are delayed. The City finally did receive the outdoor furniture that was ordered for the downtown. It will be installed in the next few weeks. 

Recreation Center Inventory Presentation

  • At City Council’s request, City staff performed an inventory of all recreational facilities and amenities in and around Hudson. The information was placed in an interactive map in the Data Hub on the City’s website: City Recreation Facilities Map. Based on the research, data shows there are:
    • 37 facilities in or near Hudson
    • 8 multipurpose rec centers
    • 2 country clubs
    • 6 gyms
    • 7 fitness clubs
    • 9 single use facilities - martial arts, dance, swim, indoor soccer, etc.
    • 4 pools (these are neighborhood pools with access restricted to the neighborhood)
    • HCER – recreational programming in the schools. No open gym hours, etc.

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council 6-0.

  • Acceptance of the June financial report.
  • Authorization for second quarter appropriations.
  • Authorization to enter a professional services agreement with Advanced Control Systems for the purchase and installation of upgraded software and hardware for Hudson Public Power’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, including system security and redundancy components.
  • Authorization to bid and install pedestrian signal improvements, including a new rectangular rapid flashing beacon at Roslyn Avenue and E. Streetsboro Street.
  • Authorization to bid and contract for the 2021 Sidewalk Improvements Plan. The projects include new sidewalk installations along: Herrick Park Drive (Lascala to SR 91); SR 91 (Garden Lane to the Twinsburg Twp. Line); SR 91 (Just north of Norton Road to Corporate Drive); and SR 303 (Nicholson Drive to W. Case Drive).
  • Authorization to apply for Federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) funds from AMATS for the downtown adaptive signals system. The estimated project cost is $2,896,174. The CMAQ funding request will be for, $2,316,939 (80%), and the City would be responsible for the remaining $579,234 (20%).

Legislation

  • Ordinance accepting dedication for the public streets, easements, and public improvements within the Estates at Canterbury on the Lakes subdivision. Passed 6-0.
  • Ordinance accepting dedication for the public streets, easements, and public improvements within Nottingham Gate Estates Phase IV and V subdivisions. Passed 6-0.
  • Ordinance repealing Section 648.12 of the City’s General Offenses Code regarding construction work at night. Passed 6-0.
  • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to provide funding to the Hudson DEI Alliance in support of the development and implementation for facilitating community conversation. (Revised.) Motion to withdraw the legislation. Passed 4-2.
  • Authorization to amend the contract for the redesign of the Veterans Trail Phase 3 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. The increase requested is $73,150. Second reading.
  • Ordinance amending Chapters 1201, 1205, 1206, 1207, 1213 and Appendix D of the Architectural Design Standards of the Land Development Code.  First reading and referral to Planning Commission.

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