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Posted on: November 12, 2021

Council Meeting and Workshop Highlights from November 9, 2021

Council Highlights

HUDSON, OH (November 10, 2021) – Following is a summary of the November 9, 2021 City Council special Council Meeting and regular Workshop. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings

Proclamations

  • Special Recognition of Paws of Honor Day - November 11, 2021. Mayor Shubert proclaimed Thursday, November 11, 2021, as “Paws of Honor Day” in Hudson, recognizing and saluting active duty and retired military and law enforcement working dogs and their handlers who valiantly protect and serve our grateful nation and community.
  • Special Recognition of America Recycles Day - November 15, 2021. Mayor Shubert recognized Hudson’s recycling efforts and encouraged increased participation in recycling programs among residents and businesses.

Public Hearing

  • Resolution accepting the City Manager’s recommendation not to implement the growth management residential development allocation for 2022.The City is not removing the Growth Management Allocation System. Due to no appreciable population change, the system would not be implemented for 2022.

Public Comments

  • A citizen suggested that Council create a fund to cover costs to mitigate the damage to trees and green infrastructure caused during City road and sidewalk construction.
  • A business owner expressed concerns about Phase 2 and asked Council to vote “no” on Resolution 21-116. 
  • Newly elected Council members Chris Banweg and Karen Heater spoke against revisions to the Phase 2 legislation and encouraged City Council to vote “no.” They feel the amendment would put the financial risk on the City rather than the developer. They also are concerned about the speed at which this legislation is being forwarded through.
  • Another citizen felt that the City is moving too fast on the Fairmount Phase 2 proposal and that Council should vote “no” and wait for the new Council members to be sworn in.

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Tree Commission. The Commission is working on planting 18 trees around the walking path at the Safety Center. The Main Street trees have been failing and will be replaced with Locus trees. That might be the last option, as all other tree varieties have failed in that location due to the salt from winter plowing. Now is the time that residents can begin pruning Oak trees. 
  • Planning Commission. At the last Planning Commission meeting, the Commission approved the first of a 2-part addition to the Ramco building and internally illuminated signs in District 8 based on the size of the building and the setback from the street. 
  • Environmental Awareness Committee. The Committee held an open session where residents got to discuss future project ideas with the EAC.
  • Sidewalk Projects. The sidewalk on Herrick Park Drive has been completed.
  • Cemetery Board. The luminated cemetery tour was a great success. 

City Manager’s Report

  • Council decided to meet earlier for meetings in the month of December to do interviews for Boards and Commissions. 
  • The City Manager will send the Rules of Council Meetings to Council so they can review and discuss them in January. 
  • There will be a public comment meeting Wednesday, November 10, for the Middleton Road / Stow Road projects. The meeting will be held at City Hall on Terex Road, lower level at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Appointments

  • The application deadline for openings on the Cemetery Board has been extended to November 26 at 4:30 p.m. The deadline for applications for the Environmental Awareness Committee has been extended to December 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The following consent agenda items were passed by Council. 

  • Resolution to enter a contract with Marks Construction for the Herrick Circle Pond Improvement Project. Suspended and passed 6-0, 1 abstention. 
  • Resolution to advertise for bids and enter contracts for the 2022 Capital Maintenance Programs. Passed 7-0 on consent.
  • Resolution to apply to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a recycling and litter prevention program grant. The City could receive $50,000 in grant funding to fund a Solid Waste Reduction, Diversion and Recycling Master Plan focused on education goals for 2022 and beyond. The City’s match would not exceed $12,500. Council wanted to make it clear that the communications would be specifically about litter and recycling education and not about other environmental issues. Also, as with all other Boards and Commissions, any external communications will go through City staff and the City Manager before publication to ensure fact-based information is distributed. Suspended and passed 7-0.
  • Resolution appointing Aparna Wheeler as Clerk of Council. The Resolution was amended to change the wrong date of January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022. Suspended and passed 7-0.
  • Resolution to enter a contract for purchasing five vehicles for Police operations. Passed on consent 7-0. 

Legislation

  • Ordinance amending Chapters 1201, 1202, 1203, 1205, 1206 and Appendix D of the Architectural Design Standards. Third Reading. Motion was made to postpone to a workshop on December 14 and the Council Meeting of December 23. Vote on postponement passed 7-0. 
  • Ordinance amending Chapters 1201, 1205, 1206, 1207, 1213, and Appendix D to implement Agricultural Use Provisions. Motion to amend to reflect Planning Commission Recommendations passed 7-0. Vote to pass legislation as amended passed 7-0.
  • Ordinance amending the Rate Schedules of the Streets, Utilities and Public Services Code to adopt adjustments to the electric power supply cost adjustment factor. A 5.1% adjustment to the Power Supply Cost Adjustment Factor (PSCAF) formula is being recommended beginning with the January 2022 billing cycle. Passed 7-0.
  • Resolution to enter into a 2-year extension to the third amendment to the Development Agreement with Allstate. Passed 7-0. 
  • Ordinance amending Chapter 876, Short-Term Rental Operations, of the Business Regulation Code. Passed 6-1.
  • Resolution to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with Fairmount Properties for the sale of downtown property adjacent to First & Main. Motion to go back to original contract language with the addition of language that the City will reimburse the developer reasonable costs accrued if Planning Commission and/or Council do not approve the development: Passed 4-3. Motion to insert bolded sections from 11/9/2021 version of the legislation into the amended document: Passed 6-1. Vote on the legislation as amended: Passed 4-3. Because of the 4-3 vote, the emergency clause in the legislation cannot be used. Therefore, the legislation will take 30 days to be in effect.
  • Resolution accepting the City Manager’s recommendation not to implement the growth management residential development allocation during 2022. Second Reading.
  • Resolution adopting the City’s Five-Year Plan 2022-2026. Second Reading.
  • Ordinance for appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures during the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022. Second Reading.

Regular Workshop

After a brief break, City Council began its regular Council Workshop Meeting. There were no discussion items or Council correspondence. Council reviewed future legislative items for the next meeting.

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