There were two Common Council committee meetings last night--Police and Fire--and at both meetings the topic of vacant houses came up--in different contexts.
At the Police Committee meeting, Alderman Nick Haddad (First Ward), committee chair, gratefully acknowledged a service the Hudson Police Department provides to residents. He explained that people can notify the HPD when they are going to be away, and the police will make "special loops" to check on their houses. Haddad made a point of mentioning this in the aftermath of several house burglaries in the First Ward which occurred over the holidays when people were away from home. He noted that the people whose homes had been burglarized had not notified the police of their plans to be absent.
At the Fire Committee meeting, Fire Chief Craig Haigh also talked about vacant buildings. He urged owners of second homes in Hudson and other buildings that are not occupied on a regular basis to be certain that the interior temperature is kept at a level that prevents pipes from freezing and bursting in extremely cold weather. He noted that so far this year the Fire Department has responded to fifteen calls to deal with burst pipes.