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Council Meeting/Workshop Highlights for August 15, 2023

Council Meeting Highlights feature the week's updates and news from City Council.

Following is a summary of the August 15, 2023, City Council Meeting and Workshop. To watch the meeting, visit www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings. 

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

Executive Session

  • Council entered executive session to interview applicants for the Board of Tax Review and Economic Growth Board.

Approval of Minutes

  • The minutes of the 8/1/2023 Council Meeting and Workshop. Approved 7-0.

Public Comments

  • A citizen spoke against allowing construction staging for an Ohio Turnpike bridge project on a Hudson property. He feels the decision to stage on that property should go through BZBA.  Click her to view public comments.

Correspondence and Council Comments

Click on this link to view the Council Comments in their entirety. www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings.

  • Council thanked staff for replacing the signage at Highgate and E. Highgate.
  • School starts tomorrow, and Council wished students and teachers a great school year. 
  • Council also thanked the many volunteers who make events like last week’s Pack the Pond and Hudson Biergarten such a success.  
  • The Tree Commission discussed a request from the Baldwin-Buss House to remove trees on the property due to sight-line issues. Tree commission recommended no removal.
  • The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has raw data from the community survey and is working on processing that data and information from the workshop. 
  • Council requested scheduling a meeting to discuss the Ohio Turnpike construction staging issue.
  • Planning Commission reviewed a new application for a development near Ravenna St. and Stow Rd. It was postponed to their first meeting in October.  They also considered a re-plat of the River Oaks subdivision on W. Streetsboro St. No vote was taken. The applicant will bring it back to Planning Commission at a later date.  
  • The Mayor is working with a local girl scout troop on their idea for Bronze Award project. They are considering decorating a park bench in Hudson Parks.
  • The re-dedication of boy scout cabin on the green will take place this Saturday.  

Report of Manager

  • Summit County Public Health is spraying for mosquitos and ticks as part of their annual spraying program. 

Discussion

  • Nicolson Drive Waterline Funding.  Council discussed the recent information from Congresswoman Skyes that Hudson will receive less funding for the Nicholson Waterline Project than anticipated. Council and staff will be reaching out to Senator Brown to see if we can get more funding. Staff will come back to Council in 6 to 8 weeks. Click here to view the discussion.
  • Stow Rd./Ravenna St. Intersection Crash Study. Due to the recent accident at this intersection, staff and Council discussed short, medium, and long-term solutions. There were five accidents last year and one this year at that intersection. The City can apply to AMATS for funding for a medium and long-term solution or fund it entirely through the General Fund. Solutions discussed include back plates and additional signage, as well as signal timing, a full traffic signal upgrade, and traffic enforcement.  Click here to view the discussion.

Appointments

  • Safe Routes to Schools core team: Nicole Kowalski & Mayor Anzevino
  • Board of Tax Review: Emily Berry & Richard Warfield
  • Economic Growth Board: Diana Ditto, Robert Griesse, Ashley Henry, Robert Deuberry & Brad Wenclewicz

Consent Agenda

Council passed the following Consent Agenda items. Passed 7-0.

  • Motion to acknowledge timely receipt of the July 2023 Monthly Financial Report.
  • Resolution to enter into maintenance agreements with Norfolk Southern Railway for the Stow Road and Hines Hill Road Quiet Zone.
  • Resolution amending Resolution 23-19 to increase the project cost to bid and award the SR 303 Water Transmission Line Replacement Project.
  • Ordinance amending Ordinance 23-76 establishing Section 1040.081 in the Codified Ordinances to require new developments to use City water services and providing Council with first right of refusal.
  • Resolution amending the effective date of Resolution 23-50 regarding amendment to contract with Everstream Solutions to increase bandwidth capability.

Legislation

  • Ordinance amending Chapter 1421, “Erosion and Sediment Control” of the Building Code. Second reading.
  • Ordinance permitted the installation and enforcement of no-turn-on-red signs at the intersection of Middleton Road and Stow Road per Chapter 414.03(C)4 of the Codified Ordinances. Second reading.

Executive Session

  •  Council entered executive session to consider the disposition of public property, including discussion of confidential business plans of an applicant seeking economic development assistance that would involve public infrastructure improvements directly related to the project.

Meeting Adjourned (10 minute recess)


COUNCIL WORKSHOP

Correspondence and Council Comments

  •  No comments.

Discussion Items

  • Discussion of a new city flag. Council discussed potentially reinstating a new City of Hudson flag. Staff provided ideas and background on flags in surrounding communities. Council would like to know more about why the previous flag was removed. Staff will come back to Council with additional information to discuss, after which Council may move forward on a design concept. Click here to view the entire discussion.
  • Discussion 2023 AMATS funding applications. Council discussed upcoming AMATS funding applications for road and trail improvements. Staff will return to Council with specific projects and legislation.  Click here to view the discussion.
  • Discussion of signal modifications at Atterbury Boulevard and W. Streetsboro Street. Council discussed signal modifications to the traffic signal based on a review of the Traffic Safety Committee. Click here to view the discussion. 
  • Status of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs). Staff presented information on the effectiveness of RRFBs. All seven flashing beacons will be installed. Click here to view the discussion.
  • Discussion of water wells being prohibited where municipal water service is available.  Council discussed exceptions and other aspects of this item. Wording is confusing and staff is recommending rewording to follow what is currently done in the field. Click here to view the discussion.

Proposed Consent Agenda for August 15

  • A Motion to Approve Perspectus Architectures Recommendation of the Location for the New Clubhouse at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club.  Recommendation to place the clubhouse near where the pavilion is currently.
  • Resolution to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the Willow Lake Drainage Improvement Project.
  • Resolution to advertise for competitive bids and enter into a contract for the W. Streetsboro Street Sidewalk Installation Project.
  • Resolution to dispose of the old transformer from the Eastside substation transformer replacement project.
  • Ordinance to enter into a contract for the purchase of one vehicle for the fire department.
  • Resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determine by the Budget Commission and authorizing necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Fiscal Officer.

Proposed Legislation Items for August 15

  • Ordinance amending Chapter 1421 “Erosion and Sediment Control” of the Building Code. Code is being amended to meet the latest EPA Standards. Third reading.
  •  Ordinance permitting the installation and enforcement of no-turn-on-red signs at the Intersection of Middleton Road and Stow Road. Third reading. 
  • Ordinance amending the Title Four – Utilities, Chapter 1040 – Water, Section 1040.06 of the Codified Ordinances entitled “Water Wells Prohibited Where Municipal Water Service Available: Exceptions.” First reading.

Future Agenda Items

  • Discussion of construction staging for the Ohio Turnpike project on September 5.
  • Baby Boxes at safety center/police on September 12.
  •  Crossing guard program on September 12.

Meeting Adjourned


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