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Posted on: April 28, 2023

City Council Workshop Highlights from April 25, 2023

City Council Meeting

Following is a summary of the April 25, 2023 City Council Workshop. To watch the meeting, see the meeting video here .

Correspondence and Council Comments

  • Christ Community Chapel is building a new, more inclusive playground at its facility that will be open to the public when completed in the next couple of months. 
  • Congratulations to Hudson’s You Be the Chemist Team that was one of only four teams across the country that was invited to compete in the competition in Texas.  
  • Several Council members participated in Native Sons and Daughters cleanup day to help the community.
  • Councilwoman Kowalski moved her June Open Forum up to May 31. Calendar is on the City website.
  • The Mayor swore in a new member of the Hudson Fire Department.  
  • Council thanked those attending the successful Earth Day event at City Hall over the weekend.
  • The new Birdsong Art Installation was installed on the City’s downtown greens. The formal opening of the outdoor exhibit is this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.  
  • The Council President recently met with the new CEO of Leaf Home and toured the facility of one of the City’s largest taxpayers.  
  • Skylar Sutton and Chris Banweg will hold an Open Forum on May 11. Check the City’s website for time and location. 
  • Council thanked Hudson Police for quickly responding to speeding complaints and increasing patrols in the area. 
  • The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is working on a rough draft of a community survey that should be ready soon for distribution to residents for their input. 
  • Hudson’s Broadband committee visited Media Fiber last week to look at how they provide fiber to the communities.  The business model is similar to that of what Hudson is considering for its fiber to the residents plan. 
  • Council congratulated Megan Griffiths-Ward, who is a member of our Tree Commission. She was named Hudson PTO Member of the Year.

View the Council Comments Section of the video to see the full discussion. 

Discussion Items

  • Hudson Water Rate Study Discussion about creating an additional water rate or fee for water customers outside of the City of Hudson. Council discussed rates and fees that could potentially be 150% of the higher rate of Cleveland or Hudson to customers outside Hudson’s borders. 
  • Inclusive Park/Playground. The Park Board presented possible locations for an inclusive park. Council asked for more information and the project location will be discussed again at another Council Workshop.
  • Fee Schedule for Special Event Services. There are on average over 70 different City-permitted events annually with many of them repeating multiple times over the events season, totaling on average over 105 total events. Fees related to application and services are charged for some events but not consistently to all. The grandfathering of some events when the fees were initially implemented would go away. Staff and the Park Board will come back to council with more information for Council to consider before making their decision. 
  • Land Development Code Amendments 2023. Council discussed topics to pursue with the upcoming Land Development Code amendments for 2023. Staff will move forward and bundle some of the more straight-forward suggestions for Council to look at and consider. Some more complex issues will be considered separately.

Future Consent Agenda Items

  • Resolution to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a NatureWorks grant.
  • Resolution to enter into an amendment to the cost-share agreement with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for the Owen Brown Street Bridge Replacement Project.
  • Resolution to advertise for bid for the Owen Brown Street partial reconstruction, water replacement, sidewalk repair, storm sewer, and road improvement project.
  • Resolution to enter an agreement with Summit County for the Valley View Trail project (SR 91 to Hunting Hollow).
  • Resolution to enter into a contract with TK Elevator Corporation for the City Hall Elevator Improvement Project. Council asked staff to come back with a list of improvements that needs to be made to City Hall in the coming years.
  • Ordinance to enter into contracts for purchasing two vehicles for the Public Works department including one plow truck and one bucket truck.

Future Legislation Items

  • Resolution amending the Hudson Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP). Third reading.
  • Resolution to enter into a professional service contract with TRC Environment Corporation for the demolition and hazardous material mitigation of 94 Owen Brown Street. Third reading.
  • Resolution accepting the recommendations of the Tax Incentive Review Council to continue Community Reinvestment Area Agreements and a Job Creation Grant Program Agreement with the City of Hudson. Second reading.
  • Resolution retroactively amending Resolution 22-27 to incorporate recitals and findings for Hudson Community Living. Second reading.

Future Items to Add

  • Proclamation for Public Service Recognition Week – May 7-13, 2023
  • Proclamation for Lemonade Days Month, May 2023

Executive Session

  • Council entered into executive session to consider the purchase of public property for public purpose.

Meeting Adjourned

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