Hudson -- The city of Hudson will paint over graffiti markings on three downtown railroad bridges later this month for $4,000 less than originally expected.
Although most of the graffiti is small and not as noticeable, large neon orange letters spelling out "#seniors2014" on a bridge over West Streetsboro Street near Library Street caused an outcry by residents.
Initial estimates were at least $12,000 and included a $4,000 fee by Norfolk Southern Railroad to stop a train during the work if necessary.
Interim City Manager Scott Schroyer June 4 told Council members the public works department obtained bids to paint over the graffiti markings on the three bridges in downtown, two on West Streetsboro Street near Library Street and one on South Main Street near Ravenna Street, for $8,000. He emphasized the painting was not for the entire bridge but would cover the graffiti.
He said the costs would cover the painting and city traffic control, and Norfolk Southern Railroad agreed not to charge the $4,000 they had requested earlier.
Council recommended he proceed with the work, which is under $25,000. Anything higher and Council needs to approve the expense with legislation.
"It falls within the authority of the city manager, but I appreciate him bringing it up," said Council President Hal DeSaussure.
He instructed the city to do the work and said he supported it.
Council member David Basil said he was concerned about creating a clean canvas and viewed it as a temporary repair. He told the city to drive down the cost as far as appropriate.
"I hope we don't have to do this every year," said Council member William Wooldredge.
The city has worked with the Hudson High School to create a different direction for art activities, Schroyer said.