New Local Law A law making it illegal for truck drivers to practice engine braking--or "jake braking"--in the City of Hudson was passed unanimously by the Common Council. The law was the initiative of Third Ward Alderman Ellen Thurston.
PARC Park Megan Wurth of the PARC Foundation shared with the Council the plans for completing the linear park that was envisioned when the first stage of the park on Warren Street across from the Hudson Opera House was officially opened in 2007. The park will eventually extend from Warren Street to State Street in the 300 block, ending next to 325-327 State Street, the house now owned by Housing Resources.
The designs for the park will be on display at 330 Warren Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. Representatives from the PARC Foundation will be present to hear comments and suggestions from the community.
Army Corps Contaminant Study When the meeting was opened for new business, Alderman Geeta Cheddie (First Ward) brandished a copy of the Register-Star that contained the article about the proposed Army Corps of Engineers study of the contaminants in South Bay: "South Bay eligible for Army Corps water flow, contaminant study." Cheddie wanted to know: "Why are we doing this?"
When Common Council President Don Moore explained that the study proposed was a reconnaissance study, "a preliminary study to understand what development could happen down there," Cheddie said: "Most people who have lived here a long time will say South Bay is very contaminated. What will we do if we find out that it's contaminated, as we already know it's contaminated?"
Moore reiterated that the study was an essential first step in assessing how the wetland could be restored and for what use. Cheddie continued her questioning, making a point, it seemed, of referring to South Bay as "the swamp" and revealing her main concern about the study: "What does it mean for the LWRP and the O&G causeway? Will it stop or delay the LWRP?" Moore explained out that restoration of the wetland would have to deal with existing uses.
All That Salt Another item of new business: Alderman Sarah Sterling (First Ward) reported that in 1996 the Hudson Planning Commission had granted a conditional use permit for salt that was brought in by barge to be stored on the SLC dock. She suggested that since the salt was no longer coming in on the water but was being trucked in and trucked out that the use had changed and the parties involved needed to go back before the Planning Commission for a review of the activities now being conducted there.