Events

Comment on City and Schools plans on one night, in one place: Ward 3 Forum and Hudson Schools Community Forum are both at Barlow Community Center May 31st

  • Spring Ward 3 Forum  Wednesday, May 31st  starting at 7:00 PM at the Barlow Community Center.

  • Hudson City Schools Master Facilities Plan Community Forum, May 31st from 6:30-8:00 PM at Barlow Community Center

The Ward 3 Forum is an informal “townhall-style” meeting for questions, comments or suggestions, and unlike Council meetings or workshops, there is an opportunity for dialogue and discussion. Assistant City Manager Frank Comeriato is also scheduled to attend. While there will be discussion on developments in Ward 3,  residents from throughout the city are welcome to attend and question or comment on any issue relating to Hudson.

There are many possible topics for discussion. Under consideration by City Council is downtown Phase 2 development and traffic, relocation of the City Hall and service garage,  emergency dispatch options,  expanding broadband service,  trail and sidewalk plans,  the ongoing dispute with Akron over water service, and code enforcement issues. “The residents decide the discussion topics.

The Hudson City Schools will be hosting a Community Forum regarding their Master Facilities Plan from 6:30 -8 PM in an adjacent room at Barlow. Link here. This a great opportunity to learn about the schools building plans, and then drop in on the Ward Forum and discuss any city concerns. Residents are welcome to come anytime and stay as long as they like at the Ward Forum.   

 Barlow Community Center is at 41 Oviatt St., across from the Fire Station.

______________________________________________Ward 3 Community Forum

Monday, January 30, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 PM – Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St.

Should medical marijuana facilities be permitted in Hudson?  Its one of the topics we can discuss at the next Ward 3 Forum. 

Please join me for the first townhall-style community meeting of the New Year. I shared my 2017 Hudson forecast on my blog. Come share your opinions on our direction and priorities this year.

The audience sets the agenda; bring topics and we’ll discuss.  Come anytime, stay as late as you like. Though I’ll be sharing some news on developments in Ward 3, all residents are welcome to attend and discuss any issues relating to Hudson.

I’m available to update you on some topics in the news –  broadband, road repairs, park improvements, road projects.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Ward 3 Community Forum

Monday, August 29, 2016

7 – 8:30 PM – Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St.

Would you vote for a tax  increase on those who work outside of Hudson in order to pay for infrastructure?  

Please join me for the Fall townhall-style community meetinWard 3 Forum 3-16g. (Sorry if I’m rushing the season and doing this before Labor Day. I had to schedule as the calendar permitted.)

The audience sets the agenda; bring topics and we’ll discuss.  Come anytime, stay as late as you like. Though I’ll be sharing some news on developments in Ward 3, all residents are welcome to attend and discuss any issues relating to Hudson.

I’m available to update you on some topics in the news –  broadband, road repairs, park improvements, road projects.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Hudson Schools Celebrate

National Bike/Walk to School Day

Weds. May 4th 2016

Hudson Schools will be joining schools from around the U.S. to celebrate our  annual National Bike/Walk to School Day on May 4th.   Spring 15 BTS

Students from Evamere, East Woods, McDowell and Hudson Middle School will be walking and bicycling to school that Wednesday along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

Walkers and bikers alike will receive recognition on this day to get out, celebrate Spring and get some morning exercise!   Participating students can enter a raffle to win prizes! There will be parent volunteers and an increased police presence in neighborhoods surrounding Hudson Schools.  Tables will be set up manned by parent volunteers to reward participants, and there will be special recognition on the morning announcements!

Bike/Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity, promoting independence among children, pedestrian and bicycle safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized by Safe Routes Hudson, a community-initiated effort to improve the walking and bicycling conditions in Hudson.  Special emphasis is being placed on a combination of activities that make it safer for our children to walk and bicycle to school.

Miss the Spring Ward 3 Forum?  Catch it on TV/OnLine now!

Leaving Hudson Cable broadcasts early due to some viewpoints expressed that evidently offended some in town. I’ll supply details as I learn more. 

Ward 3 Forum 3-16We had a great turnout for the Ward 3 Forum in March. There was a lively discussion on many topics, including the first public discussion about the proposed 25% increase in local taxes for those working outside of Hudson.

Thanks to the generous time of Hudson Community Television volunteers Nick Zaklanovich and Allyn Marzulla, who taped and edited it, you can now watch it in the convenience of your home, on TV, or on  your favorite web device. Its two hours, but it goes fast!

Think city discussions are don’t have enough give and take? This one is not like your typical Council meeting. Lots of comments from the audience, and I give you my take as well.

Here’s the schedule of airtimes this week on Channel 15 / 96.15.


Saturday, April 23 @ 4:30 PM.

Sunday, April 24 @ 3:30 PM.

don’t have Hudson Cable? You can still catch it on the City of Hudson website, link here.  http://hctv.pegstream.com/

 

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Ward 3 Community Forum

Monday, March  28, 2016

7 – 8:30 PM – Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St.

Would you vote for an increase tax increase on those who work outside of Hudson in order to pay for infrastructure?  I want to hear your opinions before I vote to put this on the ballot.

Please join me for the Spring townhall-style community meeting. The audience sets the agenda; bring topics and we’ll discuss.  Though I’ll be sharing some news on developments in Ward 3, all residents are welcome to attend and discuss any issues relating to Hudson.

I’m available to update you on some topics in the news –  broadband, road repairs, park improvements, and Phase Two of the First & Main development.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Ward 3 Community Forum

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

7 – 8:30 PM – Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St.

Please join me for the Fall  edition of  this townhall-style community meeting. The audience sets the agenda; bring topics and we’ll discuss.  Though I’ll be sharing some news on developments in Ward 3, all residents are welcome to attend and discuss any issues relating to Hudson.

I’m available to update you on some topics in the news –  broadband, road repairs, park improvements, and Phase Two of the First & Main development.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Ward 3 Community Forum

Monday, March 30, 2015

7PM – Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St.

Please join me at a  townhall-style community meeting. The agenda is participant-driven, and dialogue is encouraged.  Though I’ll be sharing some news on developments in Ward 3, all residents are welcome to attend and discuss any issues relating to Hudson.  I’m available to update you on some topics in the news – code enforcement issues, Akron water billing, snow removal, road repairs,  and Phase Two of the First & Main development.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Hudson City Council and the Hudson City School District Board of Education

Joint meeting Wednesday, March 11, 7 PM at the High School Media Center

I don’t know if this is a first for us, but it is certainly unique to have two government bodies sit down together in a public meeting for both to discuss our future,  our mutual concerns and our unique challenges. I’m looking forward to exchanging views. Hope you can attend or follow online.

TAkron Hydrant captionhe fire hydrant in Hudson has been broken for months, waiting for repair by Akron Water.  The neighborhood is needlessly put in danger in a political struggle between the Cities of Akron and Hudson.

Akron supplies water to about 25% of Hudson residents and businesses. It seeks a long term agreement to capture a portion of Hudson income tax revenue.  Hudson is unique among Akron customers in that we have our own municipal system in addition to service from Cleveland.  Akron wants a slice of all new tax revenue, even in portions it would not serve.

Hudson is reluctant to sign an agreement under Akron’s terms.  In retaliation, Akron puts a punitive 42% rate increase to its Hudson customers in order to fund repairs to a line required by an industrial customer in Twinsburg.  Akron blames this increase on the lack of agreement, failing to note that Hudson customers already pay a premium over those in cities with agreements.

In the meantime, Akron has stopped all new service connections to Hudson, forcing new homes and businesses to go to the extra expense of drilling wells, and refusing to install extra meters for outside use.

Among the “extras” Akron has chosen to skip is the maintenance of hydrants.  This omission should be a concern to all Hudson residents, regardless of their water supplier. As we work, go to school, church or meetings around town, we depend on working fire hydrants to keep us safe. Imagine a fire truck arriving at scene with a hydrant like the one pictured here.

The condition of the Akron hydrants has not escaped the attention of the insurance industry, who periodically rates each community by a number of safety factors that determines an overall community ISO rating. The ISO rating goes into the calculation some insurance companies use to set property rates city-wide. The poor condition of Akron hydrants costs us all in insurance while it puts us in danger.

I was asked to comment on what I think Akron’s motivation is in insisting on a water agreement.  While I don’t know for certain, it would seem by the attitude towards our safety that the money comes first.  When there is a fire or a storm in one city, we send our trucks and crews in to help. We don’t ask their politics, safety comes first.  I would expect that Akron would as well as part of mutual aid.

But yet when it comes to the safety we would come to expect from a working fire hydrant or the delivery of a basic service like water to a resident, that courtesy is suspended.  It sad; neighbors should not treat other neighbors this way.

We are more than just neighbors –many Hudson residents are active members of the Akron community. Many Hudson residents work in Akron, their income taxes contribute to Akron’s prosperity. Many Hudsonites are leaders in Akron institutions and contribute to Akron philanthropic causes.  To be treated this way by Akron is shameful.  Agreement or no, residents should not be put in the middle.

Want to Give Back to Hudson in 2015?

Consider Applying for Charter Review Commission —

the shortest time commitment, but one of the most critical contributions to Hudson’s future! 

DEADLINE FOR THIS AND OTHER APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO DEC. 3!

The Charter is like the Constitution for City Government. We are required to convene a panel of citizens every five years to review the Charter and suggest changes that may be put to the voters that fall.

These are not dry, mundane issues. Two recent examples –When the discussion about the Barlow hotel was unfolding, some residents lamented that the make up of Planning Commission members was not representative of all Wards of Hudson, and that this may affect the hotel decision. If seats were to be set aside from each of the 4 Wards, this would require a Charter change and this Commission would be one way to accomplish this.  Others have talked about Council pay – $10 a month– and suggested that be changed. Or whether or not the Mayor should have vote. These could also be a topics for the Charter Review.

It is critical that a balanced panel of citizens make thoughtful suggestions for changes as needed in how the City runs itself. For someone unsure about their time commitment, this is a good way to “test the waters,” in civic involvement since this Commission must conclude its work by July 1, 2015.  The last Commission had six meetings. This one may have more or less, but it would be over the same six month time frame.  The Commission must report to City Council at that time to allow for time for proposed changes to be put on the ballot for all Hudson voters in November 2015.

It is is easy to apply on line. A link is here.

http://www.hudson.oh.us/FormCenter/Boards–Commissions-6-6/Board-and-Commissions-Application-58-58

If Charter Review is not in your area of interest, perhaps another committee could use your help. Openings are available on the following Boards and Commissions: the Cemetery Board, the Environmental Awareness Committee, the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals, the Planning Commission, and Cable Television Advisory Committee.  Some meet every other month (Cable) or less frequently (Cemetery), others are monthly with more work required (Planning).  Use the link above for these as well.

Election Day  – Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014

Ward 3C Residents living north of Railroad tracks and who vote at River of Life Church, 5649 Stow Road– consider voting early!

Stow Road Railroad  Crossing is  scheduled to be closed on Election Day requiring a detour of about 6-7  extra miles one way.

Don’t let it discourage you from voting!

There are important local issues (Summit County Sales Tax Issue 12) and important State and Local races.   If you live in parts of Canterbury, S. Hayden Parkway,Elmcrest,  Ravenna St, Stone Road or Stow Road (see map area outlined in blue)  — Plan ahead now!

You can:

  • Plan your alternate route and leave enough time to get there on Election Day.

www.summitcountyboe.com_Maps_Precinct Maps_3c

Fire Department Open House

Sunday, October 5, 2014

1-4 PM -Hudson Fire Station, Oviatt Street

Please stop by for a few minutes this Sunday, walk around the firehouse and maybe catch a demonstration of fire equipment and techniques. Remember that our Fire Department is almost entirely made up of volunteers.  Be sure to thank them for their service.

Ward 3 Forum

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

7PM – Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St.

Please join me at a  townhall-style community meeting. The agenda is participant-driven, and dialogue is encouraged.  Though we’ll be sharing some news on developments in Ward 3, all residents are welcome to attend and discus issues through Hudson.  A number of issues related to development are in the news – the Reserve at River Oaks parcel rezoning, a proposed inn at the former Flood property on Barlow Road, and Phase Two for the First & Main development.

I am one of the Council liasons to the Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee, so I will be curious to hear your thoughts on what Hudson should look like, and how you can participate to make that happen.  Please come and say hello to our new City Manager, Jane Howington.

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Green on the Green 

Sat. Sept. 20, 2014  9AM – 1PM

Gazebo Green, downtown Hudson

In conjunction with Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners

& the Hudson Farmers Market

I’ll be at at the Safe Routes Hudson table, handing out free Safe Routes Hudson t-shirts to all who can prove they rode bikes or walked there that morning!

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