Hudson -- Residents, Council members and city staff will work together to determine what sidewalks and trails should be completed to connect neighborhoods, schools and the downtown.
Council President David Basil named the members to the ad hoc committee who will work with city staff to review the preliminary work on a plan for sidewalks and trails in the city and forward recommendations to Council by Nov. 6.
He named four citizens, Greg Naples, Michael Coburn, Barbara Zubenko and Stacey Hackenberg and three Council members, Alex Kelemen, Hal DeSaussure and Keith Smith, to the temporary committee.
Council members unanimously approved the ad hoc committee but had questions about its role. Council member Dennis Hanink wanted to know if the committee would have the right to look at alternatives to the city's plan, which it would .
DeSaussure wanted the committee to be able to look at the park's master plan for trails and the Safe Routes Plan for sidewalks in addition to the city's plan for both.
The committee could look at the broader data but not start at "ground zero" and create its own data, Smith said.
"A lot of the work is done already and data has been complied by city staff," Smith said. "The objective would be to come back with a priority schedule like the roads."
Council didn't have a chance to make comments in a previous workshop, and Kelemen wanted an opportunity to present alternatives.
"I feel comments should be made between the seven of us and tossed back and forth, which we cannot do through this connectivity committee," Kelemen said. "I don't think the committee should look at alternatives."
Basil said Council would discuss the plan in November.
"The ultimate decision on anything that is done with connectivity rest with Council," Basil said. "We can tweak, modify or adjust whatever we want with the recommendations brought to us."
Basil said the committee could do more than prioritize and could bring suggestions to Council. He wanted to avoid starting something from scratch that would create more work.
"My selection for a Nov. 6 time frame was to prevent getting bogged down," Basil said.
Council member Dan Williams agreed the project shouldn't be so broad that it couldn't be finished by Nov. 6.
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