Last night, Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency held a public hearing about the Brownfield Opportunity Area grant application they're preparing, and no one from the public showed up. Tom Casey has the story in today's Register-Star: "City seeks input for brownfield grant app."
HCDPA executive director Sheena Salvino, grant writer John Duchessi, and TGW consultant Bill Roehr hosted the hearing that no one attended, and Roehr is quoted by Casey bemoaning the public's apparent lack of interest. Lack of public notice not lack of interest seems the more likely explanation. The hearing did not appear in Ellen Thurston's exhaustively comprehensive list of meetings and events, and a search of the newly redesigned online version of the Register-Star discovered no announcement of the hearing. Apparently it only appeared buried in the classified section of the Register-Star's print version.
Duchessi says the grant proposal will be available for public review, starting tomorrow, September 27, at City Hall and at the Hudson Area Library. He also indicated that HCDPA plans to schedule another public meeting to get ideas and suggestions from the community.