Hudson City Council to discuss Norton Road contract, solicitation hours

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Hudson City Council Tuesday will discuss an agreement with the city of Stow to evenly split the cost to resurface Norton Road. Federal funding will cover 80 percent of the project, while Stow and Hudson would split the remaining costs.

Council will also discuss extending solicitation hours to 9 p.m. to avoid federal court action threatened by Ohio Citizen Action. The organization practices "door-to-door democracy across the state" with the goal of preventing pollution, according to its website.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

The agenda follows:

Hudson Council workshop at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2013 at Town Hall

1. Call to Order

2. Correspondence and Council Comments

3. Proposed Consent Agenda Items

A. A resolution expressing the intent of the city of Hudson to sell by Internet auction personal property, including motor vehicles and other property referenced in revised code ยง721.15 which are no longer needed for public use or are obsolete or unfit for the use for which they were acquired; and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: Requesting permission, as required annually to use govdeals.com to dispose of unneeded, obsolete or unfit equipment.

B. A resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into a license agreement for a fence in public right-of-way at 188 Hudson Street.

Executive Summary: Kate Harmon and Jeffrey Etters, property owners of 188 Hudson Street, would like to place a fence in front of their home. Due to the location of their home a fence in front of it would have to be in the right-of-way. The License Agreement would allow the fence and set forth terms specifying its location and other matters.

C. A resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into a cooperation and cost sharing agreement with the city of Stow for the Norton Road resurfacing project; and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: The City of Hudson has received 80 percent federal funding for the purpose of resurfacing Norton Road from state Route 91 to Stow Road. The local 20 percent share will be split 50/50 between the City of Stow and the City of Hudson.

D. A resolution authorizing the city manager to apply for and if selected, to enter into an agreement for funds for Safe Routes to School projects; and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: The School Travel Plan has been approved by ODOT making Hudson eligible to apply for both infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure programs listed within the School Travel Plan.

E. An ordinance amending ordinance 12-169 making $710,000 appropriations for the expenditures related to the State of Ohio Road Development 629 grant.

Executive Summary: The City applied for a Road Development 629 Grant through the Ohio Development Services Agency (formerly Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) to cover a portion of the cost of construction of a new road that will service the new Seasons Road Commerce Center. The City needs to pay the cost of construction to the vendor (Geis Construction, Inc) and will be reimbursed by ODSA.

4. Legislation and Other Discussion Items

A. An ordinance amending chapter 1205, "zoning districts" and chapter 1207, "zoning development and site plan standards," of the land development code to provide for funds-in-lieu of the construction of public sidewalks and other pedestrian and non-vehicular circulation systems.

Executive Summary: This legislation would create a Pedestrian Linkages Fund as recommended by the Connect Hudson Plan that came out of the Safe Routes Hudson initiative.

B. Discussion: Request to light the Clocktower with red lights during the month of February for the American Heart Association's Go Red Campaign. Additionally, staff looks to Council for their input on any future requests for lighting the Clocktower for various causes.

Executive Summary:

Hudson Merchants Association submitted a Special Event Application requesting to light the Gazebo and Clocktower red for the month of February in honor of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Campaign. They also requested placing red bows on poles and trees in the downtown as part of the campaign.

C. An ordinance amending section 840.02 of the codified ordinances to modify the time for noncommercial solicitation in the city of Hudson; and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: Ohio Citizen Action has threatened to bring a federal court action under the First Amendment against the City if it does not permit door-to-door solicitation until 9 p.m. Standard Time. Therefore, an amendment of the city's door-to-door noncommercial solicitation ordinance (Section 840.02 (b) to restore the 9 p.m. curfew for Mondays through Saturdays during Standard Time is suggested.

5. Other Items Added to Agenda

6. Adjournment

The mission of the Hudson City Government is to serve, promote and support, in a fiscally responsible manner, an outstanding community that values quality of life, a well-balanced tax base, historic preservation, with a vision to the future, and professionalism in volunteer and public service.

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