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Hudson Council meets for Feb. 26 workshop

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: February 26, 2013 10:36 AM

Hudson City Council will discuss being the lead public agency for the Safe Routes to School program; money to clean up the Owen Brown city storage facility; hiring a consultant for lighting on Darrow Road; and more.

Council workshop Feb. 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM at Town Hall

1. Call to Order

2. Correspondence and Council Comments

3. Proposed Consent Agenda Items

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A. A resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into a lead public agency federal project agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the 2012 Safe Routes to School program; and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: This project will include the installation of sidewalk on Glen Echo Drive from Hudson-Aurora Road to Victoria Parkway, and on Middleton Road from Winterberry Drive intersection to the end of the existing walk at Ellsworth School with work including Americans with Disability Act ramps, grading, striping as needed, plus a crosswalk at Middleton Road; also installation of electronic school crossing signals along North Hayden Parkway and purchase of eight bike racks to be located on school properties.

B. A resolution granting approval to exceed the $25,000 expenditure threshold for the completion of the Owen

Brown service yard cleanup and restoration project and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: During the summer and fall of 2012, at the request of City Council, the Public Works Department began work on removing dirt and construction debris from the service yard located at 95 Owen Brown Street (Hudson Public Power facility). During the final phase of work on the project the Public Works staff used additional stone to surface the newly expanded service yard which put expenditures for construction stone over $25,000 which requires City Council approval.

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C. A resolution authorizing and directing the city manager to enter into a professional services contract for the final design, bid specs, and project management tasks for the Darrow Road (Hudson Drive to Norton Road) street light improvement project.

Executive Summary: In 2012 the Public Works Department retained the professional consulting services of Peters, Tschantz and Associates to evaluate the roadway lighting conditions on Darrow Road (from Hudson Drive to Norton Road). Based on the consultant's evaluation, the Public Works Department would like to enter into a professional services contract (value $67,600) with the consultant to provide for the final design, bidding, construction, and project management of the project.

D. A resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into a perpetual purchase agreement for global positioning system fleet monitoring services, including hardware purchases, for various city departments, and declaring an emergency.

Executive Summary: In 2006 the Public Works Department started using global positioning equipment and monitoring services via GPS Insight to monitor and manage vehicles. The project has been phased in over the past six years to include all Public Works Department vehicles. With the final phase of Public Works Department vehicle installations being completed in late 2012, the estimated annual monitoring charges are expected to eclipse $25,000 thus requiring City Council's approval.

E. A resolution authorizing and directing the city manager to advertise for bids for a replacement emergency power generator for the safety center.

Executive Summary: With support from Engineering and a consulting engineer, specifications have been developed for the replacement and installation of a backup emergency power generator for the Safety Center (Fire and Emergency Medical Services). We are requesting permission to go to bid.

4. Legislation and Other Discussion Items

A. Hudson Cable TV Station Managers report to Council Executive Summary: As part of the on-going presentations by City departments, Kerry W. Paluscsak, HCTV Station Manager will present a brief history of Hudson Cable, what challenges the operation has today and present some ideas on where the operation is going.

B. Hudson Strategic Plan - Draft Action Plan Review Executive Summary: Following the adoption of the City's Strategic Plan (October 2012), the City Administration worked with city staff to create a draft Action Plan. The draft Action Plan identifies the specific steps that will be taken to achieve the strategic objectives and goals.

5. Other Items Added to Agenda

6. Adjournment

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